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Address: 3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

This is a 9 mile gravel road that makes a loop through Carlsbad Caverns...

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.

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Quiet Drive

Stop by the visitor's center at the caves and ask for the map (save yourself the $0.50 at the head of the drive). The map has very well thought out descriptions and explanations... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 August 2016
Caleb S
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Montreal, Canada
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101 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice views of the Guadeloupe Mountains and the canyons. Easy drive so that the driver can enjoy it as well. Dirt roads on a one way loop. We didn’t see any other cars.

Thank StuartJanine
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82 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

Stop by the visitor's center at the caves and ask for the map (save yourself the $0.50 at the head of the drive). The map has very well thought out descriptions and explanations of life in the desert. We enjoyed seeing all sorts of wildlife and plants on the drive that took us about 45 minutes. We were driving slow... More 

Thank Caleb S
Byhalia, Mississippi
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309 reviews
187 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

The road is not paved, but it is in good condition. It traverses the desert and provides views of Rattlesnake Canyon and Walnut Canyon. We saw a few mule deer, but no other animals. It is a way to spend your time while waiting on the bat flight program. The road closes at 5:30.

1 Thank Evelyn C
Wausau, Wisconsin
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238 reviews
105 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

This is an optional drive in the Carlsbad Canyon National Park. The drive is on a one way gravel road. Get the guide that tells you what the stops are for. Now, this isn't a long drive, and it isn't the best I've ever been on, but you traveled all this way to see the caverns, why not see some... More 

2 Thank Ann G
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2015 via mobile

Purchase the guide for $.50 at beginning, it's worth it. We stopped at each point and took turns reading the information. We learned a lot about the areas history, formations, and fauna. The drive would be pretty without the guide, but is much better with!

2 Thank Melodi B
Neenah, Wisconsin
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90 reviews
56 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

It was a great drive around the desert. We stopped at the check points and took pictures, walked the mini trails and read the signs. We saw several different kinds of animals so that made it exciting as well.

2 Thank Snowflake1211
Jacksonville, FL
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280 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

After a morning in the caverns, we opted to explore this loop road after lunch to kill time before joining a ranger guided tour of the King's Palace rooms in the afternoon. The road is rough gravel and exceeding 15 mph will challenge any vehicle, but then the road is designed give you a view of the desert and canyon... More 

2 Thank JAXers
Oklahoma City
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122 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2014

This drive winds through the hills slowly climbing to the upper rim near the entrance to Carlsbad Caverns Visitors Center. There is an impressive variety of desert flora visible from the road. And, if you stay to see the Bat Flight, you may get to see some desert animals as they go in search of a bite to eat! Hey,... More 

2 Thank Sheila B
Fredericksburg, Texas
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326 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

The Scenic Loop Drive is just that - a very scenic drive. the Drive begins just as the visitor center comes into view. Be sure to pick up a road guide which explains a lot that you will see a and more importantly what you might not notice. The road follows the ridge for 4 miles and then drops into... More 

2 Thank TXRVer09
Portland, Maine
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2014

This is a very good example of a road through the desert. There were fascinating plants and wonderful geology. Great for the lover of nature in all of its forms. Not for the 'convenience' or the 'just the pretty things' focused visitor.

Thank Clgmaine

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