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Very Nice Nature Drive

This is a very nice drive, if you are interested in desert flora and fauna. It is a graveled road... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
College Station, Texas
Breath taking views.

Breath taking scenery on this meandering trail. Definitely worth the drive. If at all possible use... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sunkaru T
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This is a 9 mile gravel road that makes a loop through Carlsbad Caverns National Park. It is shown on the map at the NPS website, and mentioned in guidebooks such as National Geographic's Guide to the National Parks.
3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very nice drive, if you are interested in desert flora and fauna. It is a graveled road, but is OK for a car. We like it.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Breath taking scenery on this meandering trail. Definitely worth the drive. If at all possible use an AWD.

Thank Sunkaru T
Reviewed 21 May 2018

After hiking around the caverns but before watching the bat flight, we decided to get out of the crowds and take a quick drive down the Walnut Canyon road. We were easily able to do this in our Prius in October, but it may not...More

1  Thank CopperLeah
Reviewed 29 January 2018

This 7+ mile self guided drive through the desert is on the access road to the Carlsbad Caverns. It offered some nice views of the desert and local terrains. Pick up the information sheet from the rangers at the National Park information center first so...More

2  Thank Peter R
Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful off road experience. You could probably do it after the caverns. We started probably 1 hr before sunset. It's 9.5 miles that starts near the visitor center and meets down the mountain. You can stop off at rattlesnake canyon. The sunset...More

1  Thank Arch L
Reviewed 16 November 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the drive but it is an activity to do if you are done with the cavern activities which are higher priority. Do ask at the information desk for a guide to the drive. It will make your time more meaningful. It includes plant,...More

Thank Crowhollow
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Walnut Canyon Loop Drive is a nice 9.5 mile loop drive that starts near the CCNP visitor center. It is gravel, so you need to go slow. There is some interesting, though not dramatic, landscape and the flora is interesting if you are not from...More

1  Thank scottcaps
Reviewed 25 September 2017

If you are waiting for the bat flight program to begin this is the perfect place to kill some time. The scenery is nice, but the best part may be the seclusion and quiet. Make sure you get the guidebook/pamphlet for the drive.

1  Thank parksvisitor
Reviewed 19 September 2017

We drove in late morning so the creatures - except a couple mule deer- were all in for the day. It showed just how desolate the area is and how dependent on water the wildlife is. We did not see a single soul on the...More

Thank tridcod
Reviewed 18 August 2017

We had some time to kill, and it was a nice drive with good views, but nothing special if you have had other trips in the desert.

1  Thank Victoria F
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