3 days in Fort Stanton & Carlsbad Caverns National Park Itinerary

3 days in Fort Stanton & Carlsbad Caverns National Park Itinerary

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3 days in Fort Stanton & Carlsbad Caverns National Park Itinerary

Start: Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Drive:  3​h 30​min
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Fort Stanton
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 2 nights
End: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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day
Fort Stanton

Fort Stanton ©
Fort Stanton was a U.S. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Smokey Bear Museum and then stroll around Smokey Bear Historical Park.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Fort Stanton road trip website .

Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Fort Stanton is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park in July, with highs in Fort Stanton at 80°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Things to do in Fort Stanton

Parks Museums

Side Trip

Capitan
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Smokey Bear Historical Park ©
Smokey Bear Historical Park
Smokey Bear Museum ©
Smokey Bear Museum

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nights
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of King's Palace and then Head underground at Big Room. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Smith Spring and then explore the stunning scenery at McKittrick Canyon.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Carlsbad Caverns National Park day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Fort Stanton to Carlsbad Caverns National Park takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Fort Stanton in July, things will get a bit warmer in Carlsbad Caverns National Park: highs are around 97°F and lows about 71°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Big Room ©
Big Room
King's Palace ©
King's Palace

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