CARLSBAD MUSEUM AND ART CENTER

With exhibits devoted to early Native American pottery, textiles and artifacts as well as paintings by acclaimed New Mexico artists of the early 20th century, the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center has long been considered the jewel of Carlsbad. Opened in 1931, it's the oldest municipal museum in New Mexico, with permanent exhibits devoted to local, regional and Southwest history. The museum also hosts specials exhibits and events, and has a gift shop full of jewelry, art posters, books relating to the Southwest and more.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm; free admission

Website | 575-887-0276

CARLSBAD MUSEUM AND ART CENTER

Halagueno Arts Park

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Halagueno Arts Park

With winding paths, refreshing fountains and gorgeous artwork to enjoy, the Halagueno Arts Park is a beautiful respite area, or the perfect venue for your next arts or cultural event.  With two performances stages, the park welcomes patrons to stage concerts or other performance events.

Located at 101 S Halagueno
(575) 887-1191

Lake Carlsbad Municipal Golf Course

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Lake Carlsbad Municipal Golf Course

When you're looking to tee off, Carlsbad has you covered. The Lake Carlsbad Municipal Golf Course hosts a nine-hole par three course along the Pecos River and a regulation 18-hole course in the foothills. Enjoy twilight play for discounted green fees. Lake Carlsbad Municipal Golf Course also features a driving range, putting green and pro shop.

Call for tee times: 575-885-5444

Bob Forrest Youth Sports Complex

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Bob Forrest Youth Sports Complex

The Sports Complex located at 3001 W. Lea Street is arguably the finest in New Mexico. The vision of this initiative was to design and construct a "state of the art" sports complex for the youth of Carlsbad. The centrally located complex provides a safe, secure facility, housing softball, baseball, soccer and football fields, which greatly compliments the community’s strong support and participation in organized youth sports. These fields are utilized year round for youth recreation league play, tournaments and other special events. Each area is equipped with large concession facilities and restrooms. Central parking accommodates multiple, simultaneous events.

(575) 887-1191

Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

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Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park

Discover more than 40 animal species and hundreds of plants that make their home in the region's Chihuahuan Desert as you explore the 1.3-mile trail through the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park. The bison, Rocky Mountain elk, pronghorn and other animals in this 1,200-acre desert garden are all injured or orphaned, unable to survive in the wild. Park programs include Wolf Awareness, Full Moon Walks, Star Parties and more.  Stop in at the Visitor Center, which includes an extensive mineral exhibit, informational displays and a gift shop.

Open daily, excluding Christmas Day

Website | 575.887.5516

GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

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GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

An oasis for nature lovers, Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located 50 miles south of Carlsbad, in the Chihuahuan Desert. You can't miss its landmark monument, El Capitan, rising more than 8,000 feet above the desert floor. This wondrous convergence of desert, forest and gypsum sand dunes shelters an abundance of wildlife—more than 300 bird species along with kit fox, mule deer, badger and other mammals, reptiles and nearly 1,000 plant varieties. The park also contains one of the world's premier examples of a fossilized reef, dating back more than 260 million years. Enjoy hiking, backpacking and ranger programs devoted to history, geology, night skies and more.

Website | 915-828-3251

GUADALUPE RIDGE TRAIL

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GUADALUPE RIDGE TRAIL

The 100-mile Guadalupe Ridge Trail extends from the wilds of west Texas through New Mexico’s high deserts, winding through two national parks and a national forest. Whether you’re seeking an exciting day of hiking, a weekend excursion or a week-long trek, the trail offers a thrilling adventure in the Southwest. Highlights include Sitting Bull Falls in Lincoln National Forest and miles of rugged backcountry.

Website | Contact the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce for more information: 575-887-6516

COTTONWOOD DAY USE AREA

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COTTONWOOD DAY USE AREA

This developed portion of the Black River Recreation Management Area is located south of Whites City in the area of Washington Ranch and Rattlesnake Springs. A paved trail leads visitors down a short path to a wildlife viewing deck along the river’s edge. The area, well known as a diverse bird habitat, offers picnic facilities, a vault toilet, and three primitive hiking trails. All are rated easy.

Dam Trail: The trailhead is located on the west side of the parking area and follows a two-track road to a small concrete dam on the Black River. This 1.5 mile round trip takes about 1 to 1 ¼ hours.

LA CUEVA TRAILS

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LA CUEVA TRAILS

Mountain bikers, hikers and trail runners will enjoy 12.5 miles of fun desert terrain single track trails, located just off the south end of Standpipe Road. Trail difficulty ranges from easy to moderate in rolling terrain in limestone foothills. Trail signs are minimal, so be sure to bring a map of the trails available here.

GUADALUPE NATIONAL BACKCOUNTRY BYWAY

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GUADALUPE NATIONAL BACKCOUNTRY BYWAY

The Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area is a rare gem in the hot desert, this oasis offers cool pools of water and the awesome Sitting Bull Falls. Day-use area only. Pavilions, picnic tables, water, and restrooms provided. Access to many trails can be found from this site. From US285 north of Carlsbad, turn west onto NM137. Continue on NM137 for about 20 miles until you find County Road 409. Turn right on this road and continue. The Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Site is at the end of this road.

Daytime Use Fee:
$5 per vehicle, up to ten people
$10 per vehicle, 10+ people

Free entry with Senior/Golden Age/Access/America the Beautiful

Website | (575) 885-4181

OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE USE

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OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE USE

Carlsbad Field Office (CFO) has two areas designated for Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) use: Alkali Lake, east of Illinois Camp Road and Hackberry Lake OHV Areas off of Shugart Road (Hwy 222). Each area provides opportunity for diverse recreation experiences. Alkali Lake OHV site has trails consisting of sand, limestone hills, and draws giving the rider a variety of skill-testing opportunities. Hackberry Lake has two distinct environments – a large, open sand dune complex and an extensive trail area. The 132-acre dune area provides the OHV rider with 30-40 foot red sand dunes on which to test their skills. Just a short distance from the dunes is the trail area where the Carlsbad Desert 100 Race is held each year. This Hackberry Lake OHV site has nearly 100 miles of trails through sandy desert terrain and rocky, rolling hills.  Both Hackberry sites allow free overnight camping and are developed with sheltered picnic areas, a vault toilet and large, graveled parking lots.