Carlsbad (New Mexico)

Carlsbad is a small city in New Mexico near the Texas border best known for the nearby Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Get in

By bus

Carlsbad is served by Greyhound and TNM&O bus lines.

By air

A small general aviation airport, the Cavern City Air Terminal, is located several miles southwest of town and is served by charter air company Boutique Air. The nearest airport with full-service airline connections is in El Paso, Texas.

By car

US highways 285, 62 and 180 reach Carlsbad, the former being one of the main north-south routes through New Mexico and the other two (which share a common roadway in this area) passing through en route between the Texas Panhandle and western regions of Texas. These are lonely roads; keep plenty of fuel in your vehicle.




Standard consumer goods are easy to get downtown or at a mall on the north side of town. Please do not patronize shops or vendors offering pieces of cave formations! They'll likely disintegrate before you get them home, won't look as good on a shelf as in the cave even if they do survive, and are likely to have been obtained illegally -- which means that your possession of them is likely to be illegal as well.


Unfortunately, the dining in Carlsbad is rather subpar for a moderate-sized town near an important national park. If you'd prefer an upgrade on the chains (Denny's, etc.), try:


Go next

Routes through Carlsbad

El Paso Carlsbad Caverns NP  W  E  Hobbs Lubbock/Lamesa
Santa Fe Roswell ← Junction  N  S  Pecos Fort Stockton

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