8 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Guadalupe Mountains National Park Itinerary

8 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Guadalupe Mountains National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park & Guadalupe Mountains National Park Itinerary

Start: Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center as well as Lower Cave Tour. Step out of the city life by going to Big Room and King's Palace. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour, explore the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, take in the dramatic natural features at Bottomless Pit, and explore the activities along Rattlesnake Springs.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park online trip planner .

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. In July, plan for daily highs up to 97°F, and evening lows to 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Big Room ©
Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park ©
The eponymous range that fills Guadalupe Mountains National Park creates a magnificent break in the barrenness of the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Devil's Hall Trail. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): trek along Devil's Hall Trail, take in breathtaking views at McKittrick Canyon, and then explore the striking landscape at El Capitan. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Guadalupe Mountains National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Guadalupe Mountains National Park in 2 hours. While traveling from Carlsbad Caverns National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Guadalupe Peak ©
Guadalupe Peak
Guadalupe Mountains National Park ©
Guadalupe Mountains National Park
El Capitan ©
El Capitan

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