Called “The Pearl on the Pecos”, Carlsbad, NM is a refreshing oasis in the Chihuahuan Desert where visitors will find an abundance of ways to enjoy an itinerary they won’t soon forget.
A must-see while visiting is Carlsbad Cavern National Park. Aside from beautiful hiking trails and photo-worthy scenery, this is where crowds gather to watch a thick swirl of bats take to the skies every evening at dusk. It’s a spooky sight with an eerie kind of beauty that puts Carlsbad on the map internationally. For family fun during the daytime, head to the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park overlooking the Pecos River Valley. Birds of prey, snakes, lizards and more creepy crawlies of the Chihauhaun Desert raise eyebrows here for a fantastic look at the area’s ecology.
When you’re ready to cool off, the Pecos River is the place to be. A welcoming stretch of beach and clear blue water, this is where you can kayak, swim and cast a line below the hot desert sun. The Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area also offers sunny day relief, but for a truly memorable swimming experience you’ll want to hike the Sitting Bull Falls. After cutting through the trails of green you’ll arrive at natural swimming pools that invite you to spend some time washing away the heat of the day.
When the desert sun sets and it’s time to get some rest, relax in comfort at an IHG hotel in Carlsbad. The city’s best value for dollar, you’ll stay in comfort and convenience near all of the attractions you want to see most. + View More - View Less