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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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Not a top priority

We enjoyed the drive but it is an activity to do if you are done with the cavern activities which... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Crowhollow
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Evergreen, Colorado
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Nice and quiet; allow time because you have to drive slow

Walnut Canyon Loop Drive is a nice 9.5 mile loop drive that starts near the CCNP visitor center. It... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2017
scottcaps
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Maryland
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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.
  • Excellent25%
  • Very good48%
  • Average11%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible2%
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“mule deer” (7 reviews)
“gravel road” (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 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed the drive but it is an activity to do if you are done with the cavern activities which are higher priority. Do ask at the information desk for a guide to the drive. It will make your time more meaningful. It includes plant,...More

Thank Crowhollow
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Walnut Canyon Loop Drive is a nice 9.5 mile loop drive that starts near the CCNP visitor center. It is gravel, so you need to go slow. There is some interesting, though not dramatic, landscape and the flora is interesting if you are not from...More

Thank scottcaps
Reviewed 24 September 2017

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.

Thank parksvisitor
Reviewed 19 September 2017

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 25 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
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