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Walnut Canyon Desert Drive

3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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A good place to fill some time if you are waiting for the bat flight. Get the guidebook!

If you are waiting for the bat flight program to begin this is the perfect place to kill some time... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
parksvisitor
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
No creatures but a lot of scat!

We drove in late morning so the creatures - except a couple mule deer- were all in for the day. It... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
tridcod
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Annandale, New Jersey
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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.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good49%
  • Average6%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible3%
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“gravel road” (6 reviews)
“mule deer” (6 reviews)
“nice drive” (6 reviews)
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3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank tridcod
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We had some time to kill, and it was a nice drive with good views, but nothing special if you have had other trips in the desert.

1  Thank David F
Reviewed 24 June 2017

The Walnut Canyon Road is a 9.5 mile graded gravel road that begins near the Carlsbad Caverns main visitor center, follows a ridge, then drops into a valley (hard to call it a canyon) before emptying onto the main paved road a few miles closer...More

2  Thank Gabe10101
Reviewed 13 June 2017

We were unaware of the drive to the caverns. We did find it very enjoyable. We came in from Texas so we were taken back by how beautiful the drive actually was. I was the only one who enjoyed the caverns. Possibly my 4 passengers...More

1  Thank Rene D
Reviewed 28 May 2017 via mobile

It's a one-way gravel round that loops from the top of the entrance drive, near the visitor center, back towards the entrance. It's a 9.5 mile drive that can be very enjoyable, if you slow down, roll down your windows and take it in. We...More

1  Thank LSUTraveller
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Ask for a brochure for the drive at the Caverns information desk before heading out. Without the guide, the drive is still scenic, but there are numbered points of interest along the drive that are detailed in the brochure. There is a small stand at...More

3  Thank nanb820
Reviewed 22 March 2017

we decided to see the canyon. The road to it was very sonic and enjoyable. The canyon is a must see if you are near Flagstaff

Thank Gary M
Reviewed 23 February 2017

Nice drive through the area, about 9 miles on a one way gravel road. Get a map at the visitors center which describes the marked turn outs.

Thank nikonman50
Reviewed 18 January 2017

If you have some time to kill after you've done the caverns and are waiting around for the bat exhibit or have some time before you watch a drive in movie or the bat flight thing go ahead and do this drive. There are a...More

1  Thank dan665
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