15 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park & Big Bend National Park Itinerary

15 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park & Big Bend National Park Itinerary

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Fly to Roswell, Drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 4 nights
Drive
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Big Bend National Park
— 6 nights
Drive to Midland/Odessa, Fly to Phoenix

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

— 4 nights
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is known for nature, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: Head underground at Big Room, take in the dramatic natural features at Bottomless Pit, and get outside with Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Carlsbad Caverns National Park online holiday planner.

Phoenix to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in March; daily highs in Carlsbad Caverns National Park reach 74°F and lows reach 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

— 4 nights
The eponymous range that fills Guadalupe Mountains National Park creates a magnificent break in the barrenness of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guadalupe Mountains National Park: El Paso (Scenic Drive - Overlook & El Paso Zoo). Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring nature at Guadalupe Mountains National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the stunning scenery at McKittrick Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at El Capitan, hike along Devil's Hall Trail, and steep yourself in history at Frijole Ranch.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in 2 hours. Traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in March, you will find days in Guadalupe Mountains National Park are little chillier (68°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Big Bend National Park.

Things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Big Bend National Park

— 6 nights
Situated where the Rio Grande River takes a big southerly dip in West Texas, Big Bend National Park covers a massive expanse of desert, woodlands, and grasslands full of rivers, limestone canyons, and high mountains. Nearly 2,000 species of plant and animal life call this place home.
Big Bend National Park is known for nature, trails, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the stunning scenery at Santa Elena Canyon, take in the dramatic natural features at The Balanced Rock, see a world frozen in time at Terlingua, and hike along Closed Canyon.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Big Bend National Park online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Guadalupe Mountains National Park to Big Bend National Park in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Guadalupe Mountains National Park to Big Bend National Park. Traveling from Guadalupe Mountains National Park in March, expect Big Bend National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 80°F and 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Big Bend National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails