Carlsbad, New Mexico: The Great Outdoors

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5 May 2020

Carlsbad, New Mexico: a city with just as much adventure as there is beauty. Nestled in Southwest New Mexico, Carlsbad is a one-stop-shop for adventure junkies and explorers. A town majestically situated between mountain ranges (and caves!), national parks to desert botanical gardens, rivers and lakes – Carlsbad has it all! Plan your next adventure here to experience the real Southwest of the United states, including cacti, coyotes, and unmatched geological formations.

The possibilities are endless! Take a look at some of what Carlsbad, New Mexico has to offer:

Lincoln National Forest: A massive forest, covering over one million acres of the Southwest Region of the United States. Whether you’re looking for hiking, camping, birdwatching, scenic drives, or interpretive trails, this local treasure has it all. The perks of this national forest include developed camping sites, day picnic areas, and some trails containing information (signs, stations) of the area and its history.

Due to COVID-19, the national forests in New Mexico have temporarily closed day use areas, restrooms, and other public facilities. However, trails are still open, and dispersed camping in small groups is still permitted. 

Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area: This southwest gem is open year-round for day use, between 8 am and 6pm. Sitting Bull Falls offers a myriad of hikes, breath-taking picnic spots, and exploration adventures – including the Sitting Bull Falls itself! This recreation area is great for a family getaway or solo desert adventure. Managed by the Forest Service, this oasis is only an hour south of Carlsbad, NM, making it the perfect day trip to get outside and explore. 

Due to COVID-19, the rec area’s bathrooms, water fountains, and parking lots are closed, but the adventure is still open! Parking is temporarily available .5 miles from the entrance.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park: This one’s for the whole family! A 1.3 mile loop around the park introduces visitors to local New Mexican plants and animals. Another two miles in the park features an overlook of the Chihuahuan Desert. Snacks, vending machines, and restrooms are available inside the park.

Due to COVID-19, the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park is temporarily closed. 

Lake Carlsbad and the Pecos River: Paddleboards, kayaks, running trails – oh my! What doesn’t this rec area offer? There’s even a Riverwalk to enjoy the views of New Mexico on foot. Swimming and other non-motorized water activities are permitted, too! So grab your sunscreen and get lost in New Mexico.

Due to COVID-19, Lake Carlsbad and the Pecos River is temporarily closed. 

Carlsbad is an Incredible Place to Live

Carlsbad offers a whole host of outdoor and recreational activities for families, couples, retirees, and solo adventurers! Whether your activity of choice is running, biking, hiking, kayaking, and more, there’s a park or recreation area for you! When you’re exploring Carlsbad and the surrounding areas, please make sure to follow area regulations, including Leave No Trace. 


Contact us for more information about the many benefits of living and working in Carlsbad.