There’s still time for an impromptu Spring Break camping destination! If you’ve never visited Carlsbad Caverns National Park, what are you waiting for? Learn more about this gorgeous and unique camping destination below.
About the Park
High ancient sea ledges, deep rocky canyons, flowering cactus, and desert wildlife—treasures above the ground in the Chihuahuan Desert. Hidden beneath the surface are more than 119 caves—formed when sulfuric acid dissolved limestone leaving behind caverns of all sizes.
-the NPS website
Whether you prefer your scenic landscapes above- or below-ground, Carlsbad Caverns National Park truly has something for everyone. You can enjoy ranger-guided tours or explore the caverns at your own pace. The ‘Big Room’ cave chamber is the largest by volume on the continent! It’s a fairly flat trail, so it’s easy to explore, and may take about 1½ hours to complete. If you want something a little shorter, you can take a marked shortcut in the Big Room which will cut the distance in half. Regardless of which you pick, you’ll agree with Will Rogers when we called it “the Grand Canyon with a roof over it.” Get more details about self-guided tours here.
You may choose a ranger-guided tour for extra peace of mind or just extra learning! Having a ranger guide the tour allows you to learn and ask questions while you explore. Advance registrations are highly recommended – learn more here.
If you prefer to stay above ground, enjoy one of the many surface hiking trails. You’ll explore and discover beautiful landscapes and habitats in the Chihuahuan Desert and Guadalupe Mountains. There are many trails to pick from, as well as safety and preparation tips, which you can learn more about here.
Camping at Carlsbad Caverns
There is no campground directly in this National Park – but don’t worry! There are tons of campgrounds near Carlsbad Caverns that are welcoming guests staying in their new or used RV. Choose something that’s within 10 minutes of the park entrance, or if you love your scenic drives, pick one that’s a little further out. New Mexico is full of gorgeous landscapes and unforgettable scenery.