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Southeast New Mexico

Most Visitors find their way to southeast New Mexico to visit the world-renowned Carlsbad Caverns National Park. But there's so much more to see. Take an extra day or two to explore the variety of other adventures in the area. As we like to say, you'll find "Beauty and Wounder; Above and Below."

Carlsbad Caverns

The self-guided cave tours are spectacular, but if you want a different experience, try one of those led by National Park Rangers. Go deeper and experience more of the 119 known caves were formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the natural limestone. The resulting formations have awed visitors for decades. It’s a unique adventure all by itself, but consider taking in the “Bat Flight” from mid-April to mid-October when thousands of bats embark on their nightly venture to eat insects, weather permitting. Nearby hotels, campgrounds, restaurants and services can make your visit comfortable or more primitive if you prefer.


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La Cueva Bike Trails

A 2,200-acre system of more than 15 miles of maintained trails, La Cueva is readily accessible to mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians. Located partially within the city of Carlsbad, the trails wind through the rolling foothills of the Guadalupe Mountains and feature a variety of cactus and wildlife as part of the desert experience. The adventure offers a challenging mountain biking opportunity to riders of all skill levels.


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Covering over 1 million acres and spreading across parts of four counties and three separate  - the Sacramento, Smokey Bear and Guadalupe  - ranger districts. The Lincoln National Forest offers everything from desert landscapes to snow skiing. The Lincoln National Forest is the birthplace of “Smokey the Bear,” the national symbol most of us grew up with creating awareness of forest fire prevention. Established in 1902, elevations range from 4,000 to 11,500 feet. Five differing life zones are featured in the Forest, from Chihuahuan Desert to subalpine forest. More than two dozen recreation areas offer bicycling, camping and cabins, hiking, horse riding, hunting, picnicking, scenic drives, off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding, and winter sports.


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Lincoln National Forest

Guadalupe Mountains/McKittrick Canyon

Stretching from Southeast New Mexico into Texas, the Guadalupe Mountains is one of the nation’s most pristine wilderness areas. A wide array of backpacking and hiking opportunities abound, and McKittrick Canyon is immensely popular during late October and early November for its spectacular fall colors. Crossing streambed, bypassing the Nationally-registered Wallace Pratt Lodge, a stone cabin built in the 1930s by a petroleum geologist who fancied the area, later donating 5,000 acres to the National Park Service.


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Hackberry OHV Area

Over 55,000 acres of rolling dune lands provides a variety of soils and topographic features for off-road riding. The Bureau of Land Management-managed area hosts the Carlsbad 100 Desert Race and which covers more than 44 miles of public land. Camping is also allowed, but no facilities are available on the property. The Hackberry Lake OHV area is located about 20 miles northeast of Carlsbad.


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Black River Recreation Area

A 1,200-acre facility under the guidance of the Bureau of Land Management, the Black River Recreation Area provides low-impact recreational and educational opportunities. The area is a geologic transition from the limestone hills of the Guadalupe Escarpment to southern gypsum soils on the east. Located 26 miles southwest of Carlsbad, the Black River itself is fed by headwater springs and is home to several rare species of plants, fish and reptiles, as well as a number of species of interest to birders. The Cottonwood Day Use Area features a wildlife viewing area, picnic pavilions and restroom facilities.


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Sitting Bull Falls

Imagine an oasis in the desert, populated by cool pools of water and natural waterfalls. The Falls are an extremely popular day use area for locals and the visitors who take the time to explore this hidden gem of a spot. Maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, the Falls are fed by series of springs and flows through a variety of pools and streambeds until it cascades to the canyon 150 feet below. A variety of hiking trails provide access to the springs above the falls, paved pathways and picnic areas provide rest and recreation and wading and swimming are allowed in the pools themselves.


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Located 12 miles north of Carlsbad, Brantley Lake

State Park covers approximately 4,000 acres and is

 stocked with bass, walleye, bluegill and crappie.

Fifty-one campsites offer services including water,

electric, restrooms with showers, and dump stations. Beach camping and boat-in camping are also available. Boating, water skiing, sailing and personal watercraft

are all allowed, as is swimming.


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Brantley Lake

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