Carlsbad trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Carlsbad

Trip Planner USA  /  New Mexico  /  Carlsbad
(3.6/5 based on 750+ reviews for 8 attractions)
Things to do: nature, museums, parks
Carlsbad is the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 26,138. Carlsbad is centered at the intersection of U.S. Routes 62/180 and 285, and is the principal city of the Carlsbad-Artesia Micropolitan Statistical Area, which has a total population of 55,435. Located in the Southeastern part of New Mexico, Carlsbad straddles the Pecos River and sits at the eastern edge of the Guadalupe Mountains.Carlsbad is a hub for potash mining, petroleum production, and tourism. Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located 18mi southwest of the city and Guadalupe Mountains National Park lies 40 miles southwest across the Texas border; the Lincoln National Forest is to the northwest of town.HistoryDevelopment of Southeastern New Mexico in the late 19th century was fueled by the arrival of colonies of immigrants from England, Switzerland, France, and Italy. Located along the banks of the Pecos River, Carlsbad was originally christened the town of Eddy on September 15, 1888 and organized as a municipal corporation in 1893; the settlement bore the name of Charles B. Eddy, co-owner of the Eddy-Bissell Livestock Company. With the commercial development of local mineral springs near the flume for medicinal qualities, the town later voted to change its name to Carlsbad after the famous European spa Carlsbad, Bohemia (now Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic). On March 25, 1918, the growing town surpassed a population of 2,000, allowing then-governor of New Mexico Washington Ellsworth Lindsey to proclaim Carlsbad a city.
Take stress off the schedule by using our United States vacation generator.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Carlsbad

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.
Millions of travel reviews
on TripAdvisor

Where to stay

Browse hundreds of hotels and read guest reviews on the world's leading online travel agency website.
Checking In:
Checking Out:

Extend your holiday

Visit top cities near Carlsbad:
Nature, outdoors, museums
Visit for: 3 daysStart a plan »
Museums, scenic drive, zoos & aquariums
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Museums, shopping, nature
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Nature, scenic drive
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Casinos, nature, spas
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »

Recently planned trips to Carlsbad

4 days in Carlsbad BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Carlsbad BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 21 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, popular PREFERENCES: October ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM CANADA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in United States BY A USER FROM NORWAY June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in New Mexico SEE PLAN May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, outdoors, relaxing, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM CANADA January, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: January, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans

Inspirock Trip Planner in the News