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Rattlesnake Springs

69 Rattlesnake Springs Rd, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220-9423
+1 575-785-2232
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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
parksvisitor
,
Maple Grove, Minnesota
An oasis, lots of frogs!

We went to Rattlesnake Springs in the hopes of seeing some wildlife since it is the only water... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2017
tridcod
,
Annandale, New Jersey
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“wild turkeys” (11 reviews)
“picnic area” (11 reviews)
LOCATION
69 Rattlesnake Springs Rd, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220-9423
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+1 575-785-2232
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"lots of picnic tables"
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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

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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

Thank tridcod
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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

Thank M J
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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

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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

Thank Sherry P
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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

Thank FrogSqueezer
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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!

Thank Anne B
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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

Thank chazwill
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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

1  Thank Deanna D
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Reviewed 9 December 2016

Rattlesnake Springs is a day-use only, remote unit of the park a 15.5 mile (25.0k) drive from the visitor center and is reached by taking the entrance road back to Whites City then turning right, heading south, on Hwy 62/180 and following it for 5.5...More

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