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Rattlesnake Springs

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A nice quiet place to rest and relax.

As soon as we made the final turn into Rattlesnake Springs we saw a flock of turkeys and a couple... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2017
Maple Grove, Minnesota
Turkey, quail, springs, pond, cottonwood trees and picnic tables

My husband and I went to the Rattlesnake Springs late afternoon on a Friday. The spring feed pond... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2017
Austin, Texas
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69 Rattlesnake Springs Rd, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220-9423
+1 575-785-2232
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Reviewed 20 August 2018

Rattlesnake Springs is a few miles south of the road entrance to Carlsbad Caverns. It is truly an oasis in the desert. A great variety of wildlife and plant life thrive in the abundant waters of Rattlesnake Springs.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jrhales77
Reviewed 25 September 2017

As soon as we made the final turn into Rattlesnake Springs we saw a flock of turkeys and a couple mule deer. The springs are a little anticlimactic, but the nearby picnic area was a great place for us to relax and spend some time...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

We went to Rattlesnake Springs in the hopes of seeing some wildlife since it is the only water around for miles. We did see a flock of turkeys, a few mule deer, and a number of vocal frogs, but not much else. The place was...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank tridcod
Reviewed 26 July 2017

My husband and I went to the Rattlesnake Springs late afternoon on a Friday. The spring feed pond was very pretty and had lots of fish. Several turkeys and many rabbits were hanging out around the pond. Just a block before arriving at the springs...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank M J
Reviewed 30 May 2017 via mobile

Not only a nice spot for birding and a picnic - but a place to let your dog play and stretch their legs. Also the Springs is so clear and quiet. Drive slow and you may see many animals. We spotted mule deer, quail, jackrabbits...More

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank LSUTraveller
Reviewed 23 May 2017

One of the Carlsbad Caverns rangers suggested visiting this spot to view birdlife. My husband and I packed a picnic and spent an hour watching the wild turkeys, vermillion flycatchers and cotton-tail bunnies. Lots of picnic tables located under the canopy of huge cottonwood trees....More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Sherry P
Reviewed 25 April 2017

We stopped here on our way out of Carlsbad after touring the cave. We wanted a picnic area that wasn't crowded like the main visitor center and we wanted shade. This place was great! There were tons of picnic tables under shady trees (cottonwoods?) and...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank FrogSqueezer
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

I wish I had gotten there early in the day. Even so, there were birds galore. I've never seen so many Vermillion Flycatchers in one small area!

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Anne B
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We spent one afternoon and one morning here in early February. Although "good" birds were scarce due to time of year, it's obvious that this place has fantastic potential during a more birdy time of year. Be sure to bird all the way back to...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank chazwill
Reviewed 3 February 2017

This is a lovely picnic area with a host of interesting birds. We saw painted buntings, vermilion flycatchers, tanagers, quail, and wild turkeys. We also saw javelinas, and jackrabbits on the road in. We were there in the early morning. It's worth walking down the...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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