Walnut Canyon Desert Drive, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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#10 of 10 in Scenic Drive in New Mexico
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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  • This 7+ mile self guided drive through the desert is on the access road to the Carlsbad Caverns. It offered some nice views of the desert and local terrains. Pick up the information sheet from the ran...  more »
  • This is a wonderful off road experience. You could probably do it after the caverns. We started probably 1 hr before sunset. It's 9.5 miles that starts near the visitor center and meets down the mount...  more »
  • We enjoyed the drive but it is an activity to do if you are done with the cavern activities which are higher priority. Do ask at the information desk for a guide to the drive. It will make your time m...  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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