Carlsbad has boundless adventures both above and below. It’s a great destination for the whole family, from exploring the grand Guadalupe Mountains National Park to the famous Carlsbad Caverns National Park, there is something for everyone! Now is the perfect time to plan your trip to Carlsbad, New Mexico with the Christmas Season right around the corner, you won’t want to miss Christmas on the Pecos!
As one of the biggest holiday events in the state, Christmas on the Pecos is sure to enchant you! Imagine an evening boat ride on the Pecos River with illuminated backyards and islands of twinkling lights. The holiday spirit shines through as wise men and angels sparkle in a fairyland of lights. Be sure to check out the special hotel rates offered during the season and don’t forget to check out all the other fun attractions here in beautiful Carlsbad, New Mexico!
Day After Thanksgiving Thru Dec. 31st
*Except Christmas Eve
If you plan your trip around December 1st, 2018 join us for the Annual Carlsbad Winter Wine Festival. Held at the Pecos River Village Conference Center, it is the perfect complement to Christmas on the Pecos. You can sample and buy wine for holiday entertaining and gift giving. There will be New Mexico Wineries showcasing their wines, as well as specialty food vendors and arts and crafts from around the state.
Nestled in the heart of downtown Carlsbad, this little museum is a cultural gem. The oldest municipal museum in New Mexico, the center is devoted to the preservation and exhibition of specimens, artifacts, documents and art relating to the history and environment of the City of Carlsbad, southeastern New Mexico and the American Southwest.
Monday – Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more info call 575-887-0276.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park rises from the Chihuahuan Desert just 50 miles south of Carlsbad in a landscape that expresses the mighty power of nature. It’s a unique convergence of desert, coniferous forest, gypsum sand dunes and riparian habitat nestled along creeks and around springs. El Capitan is an 8,085-foot high monolithic landmark rising from the desert floor in serene majesty. There’s a 260 million-year-old fossilized reef. The austere landscape of the Salt Basin Dunes was sculpted over eons from water, wind and earthquakes. The park is home to 900 plant, 310 bird, 55 reptile and amphibian, and 60 mammal species. It’s nature at its best. For more info call 915-828-3251.
It’s not your typical zoo. The Living Desert exhibits more than 40 animal species along with hundreds of plant species indigenous to the Chihuahuan Desert. Journey along the 1.3-mile trail through a 1,200-acre desert garden that showcases animal exhibits and mountain views. Accredited by the Association of Aquariums & Zoos, the park serves as a safe haven for injured and orphaned animals that can no longer survive in the wild. Discover the beauty and wonder that is the Chihuahuan Desert.
Open every day except Christmas.
Call for hours: 575-887-5516
Carlsbad Caverns National Park offers more than 50 miles of primitive backcountry hiking opportunities, a 9.5-mile scenic drive through the spectacular desert landscape, and Bat Flight, the nightly foray for food by thousands of free-tailed bats. But most visitors come to the park to explore a treasure of limestone that lies underneath in one of the deepest, grandest and darkest caverns ever found—a subterranean universe considered to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. Tours range from relatively easy jaunts to physically strenuous and mentally challenging adventures.
Open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Reservations are required for all guided tours.
For more info call 1-877-444-6777.