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Address: 69 Rattlesnake Springs Rd, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220-9423
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+1 575-785-2232

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Nice little picnic spot.

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... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Lafayette, Louisiana
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Lafayette, Louisiana
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 we were the only ones there except for a tom turkey strutting around. We had... More 

Thank FrogSqueezer
Austin, Texas
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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
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61 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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 the "tank" by the staff's house near the end of the road.

Thank chazwill
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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 road a bit from the parking area to see the spring.

1 Thank Deanna D
Avon, Ohio
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1,249 reviews
832 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,555 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 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 miles (8.9k) then turning right, heading west, onto County Road 418 for 2.5 miles (4.0k).... More 

2 Thank Steve1362
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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
Charleston, Illinois
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66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 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 there so it's confusing as to where you can actually go. During times of wetter... More 

1 Thank kris4913
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70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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 imagine a lot of people would be disappointed if they're used to more touristy attractions.

1 Thank Keith B
Temple, Texas
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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

We thought this was a swimming hole but it is only a daytime picnic area. Grounds were clean and it was lush despite the desert backdrop. Cool contrast. Not much to see but a few wild turkeys.

Thank Amber B
Oak Park, Illinois
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95 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

Amazing oasis in the desert. If you are a birder this is a slice of heaven. Lots of birds are here in the middle of the desert seeking water and food. wiki/Rattlesnake_Springs_Historic_District

Thank mcmac53

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