Walnut Canyon Desert Drive, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Walnut Canyon Desert Drive is located in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. A visit to Walnut Canyon Desert Drive represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Carlsbad Caverns National Park trip itinerary builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Walnut Canyon Loop Drive is a nice 9.5 mile loop drive that starts near the CCNP visitor center. It is gravel, so you need to go slow. There is some interesting, though not dramatic, landscape and the...  more »
  • If you are waiting for the bat flight program to begin this is the perfect place to kill some time. The scenery is nice, but the best part may be the seclusion and quiet. Make sure you get the guidebo...  more »
  • We drove in late morning so the creatures - except a couple mule deer- were all in for the day. It showed just how desolate the area is and how dependent on water the wildlife is. We did not see a sin...  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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