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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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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