Carlsbad Travel Guide

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Carlsbad Overview

Carlsbad is a town of about 25,000 population located in New Mexico. Predominately originating as a mining town, today over 11K area residents are employed by WIPP and many of the others still work at the Potash mines. However, the area is slowly growing as a low-cost family vacation destination due to improvements in the Pecos river water/beach sites and addition of the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens.

Located about 18 miles away to the south in White's City is the famous Carlsbad Caverns that attract visitors from all over the world.

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. It is a hub for potash mining, petroleum production, and tourism. Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located 18 miles (29 km) southwest of the city and Guadalupe Mountains National Park lies 40 miles southwest across the Texas border. Carlsbad has approximately 1,400 acres of park space within city limits often utilized for special events and sporting activities.

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in southeastern New Mexico. The primary attraction of the park for most visitors is Carlsbad Caverns. Visitors to the cave can hike in on their own v…
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