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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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Great out of the way spot

Not only a nice spot for birding and a picnic - but a place to let your dog play and stretch their... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
LSUTraveller
,
Denham Springs, Louisiana
via mobile
A nice picnic spot...

One of the Carlsbad Caverns rangers suggested visiting this spot to view birdlife. My husband and I... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sherry P
,
West Linn, Oregon
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  • Average20%
  • Poor2%
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“wild turkeys” (11 reviews)
“picnic area” (10 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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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

1  Thank LSUTraveller
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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
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
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
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
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

2  Thank Steve1362
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Nice place to picnic beneath the trees and near the spring. Not much there but a good rest stop and a place to turn the kids loose before traveling on south to Guadalupe.

Thank John D
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

A few picnic tables and a bathroom but not much else. There is a private house and a building that must be an office or storage for the park near the actual spring. There are several signs telling you not to park here or enter...More

1  Thank kris4913
Reviewed 19 October 2016

This was a lovely little spot if you fancy a nice picnic spot, or if you're interested in the wildlife, but it's small, and a bit remote. Don't expect interesting hikes or much in the way of facilities. I enjoyed the visit, but I can...More

1  Thank Keith B
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