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Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a popular tourist destination located in the southeastern corner of New Mexico best known for its large limestone underground rooms and its large number of bat species. More than 400,000 people visit the park each year. The park can be reached by car, bus, train or plane.
Getting to the park by car
The GPS Datum coordinate for the park entrance is WGS 1984. The latitude is 32.174212° N and the longitude is 104.445855° W.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located about 27 miles from Carlsbad, the town for which it is named. Highway 62/180 takes visitors south from the town to the park entrance at Whites City. The park entrance is located at Whites City, but the cave entrance and Visitor Center is seven miles farther along 727 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad. The cave has a single access road, New Mexico Highway 7 which winds through Walnut Canyon. The park is located about 150 miles from El Paso, Texas and 200 miles from Midland, Texas. New Mexico's major city, Albuquerque, is about 300 north of the park.
Getting to the park by air
Several major and regional air carriers serve cities within a few hundred miles of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, including American, Southwest, United and Delta. A small commuter airline, New Mexico Airlines began serving the Cavern City Air Terminal in Carlsbad several years ago and is increasing its number of daily flights from Albuquerque and El Paso. Visitors who fly into Carlsbad can rent a car or get taxi service to the park entrance.
Getting to the park by bus or train
Greyhound Lines and its regional bus line, TNM&O serve Carlsbad on a daily basis. Several car rental companies are located near the bus station. The Sunset Limited, the Amtrak train that travels the southern route between Orlando, Florida and Los Angeles, California a few times each week, makes a stop in El Paso. Visitors can detrain at the station there and rent a car to travel on to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.