Walnut Canyon Desert Drive, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Walnut Canyon Desert Drive is located in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. To visit Walnut Canyon Desert Drive and other attractions in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, use our Carlsbad Caverns National Park tour planner.
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  • June 24, 2017
    The Walnut Canyon Road is a 9.5 mile graded gravel road that begins near the Carlsbad Caverns main visitor center, follows a ridge, then drops into a valley (hard to call it a canyon) before emptying ...  more »
  • June 13, 2017
    We were unaware of the drive to the caverns. We did find it very enjoyable. We came in from Texas so we were taken back by how beautiful the drive actually was. I was the only one who enjoyed the cave...  more »
  • May 28, 2017
    It's a one-way gravel round that loops from the top of the entrance drive, near the visitor center, back towards the entrance. It's a 9.5 mile drive that can be very enjoyable, if you slow down, roll ...  more »

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Where to stay in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The only option for sleeping within Carlsbad Caverns National Park is to grab a free permit and pitch your own tent in the backcountry. You can, however, find a handful of places to stay in White's City, which sits at the park's entrance. Here you'll find campgrounds, a few economy hotels, a couple of dining establishments, and other entertainment options. About 40 km (25 mi) up the road, the small city of Carlsbad offers more choice for accommodations. Hotels here tend to show their age, but most are clean.
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