Popular Attractions


Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Explore the subterranean wonderland beneath the Chihuahuan Desert—the Carlsbad Caverns. Over 100 known caves pervade this park, and it’s only an hour south of campus. People travel from all around the world to see these caverns. Don’t miss out on living next door to a one-of-a-kind phenomenon.
trees and fog

Lincoln National Forest

Lincoln National Forest is full of popular parks in the Carlsbad area. Click on the links below to learn more.
Sitting Bull Falls
mountain range

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

If you enjoy camping and hiking, the Guadalupe Mountains provide a popular destination for both serious backpackers and day-trip tourists. Click on the links below to learn more about the popular destinations in this park.
McKittrick Canyon
Devil’s Hall Trail
Guadalupe PeakSitting Bull Falls
white sand dune

White Sands National Park

Only two hours from Carlsbad is the White Sands National Park, 275 square miles of sparkling white dunes and native flora and fauna. Take a day trip to this park to learn the unique history of the topography, or rent a sled and take a ride down the dunes.