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Address: 69 Rattlesnake Springs Rd, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220-9423
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+1 575-785-2232

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Picnic Spot with Many Wild Turkeys

Rattlesnake Springs is a day-use only, remote unit of the park a 15.5 mile (25.0k) drive from the visitor center and is reached by taking the entrance road back to Whites City... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 December 2016
Steve1362
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Avon, Ohio
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Avon, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Rattlesnake Springs is a day-use only, remote unit of the park a 15.5 mile (25.0k) drive from the visitor center and is reached by taking the entrance road back to Whites City then turning right, heading south, on Hwy 62/180 and following it for 5.5 miles (8.9k) then turning right, heading west, onto County Road 418 for 2.5 miles (4.0k).... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Nice place to picnic beneath the trees and near the spring. Not much there but a good rest stop and a place to turn the kids loose before traveling on south to Guadalupe.

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Charleston, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

A few picnic tables and a bathroom but not much else. There is a private house and a building that must be an office or storage for the park near the actual spring. There are several signs telling you not to park here or enter there so it's confusing as to where you can actually go. During times of wetter... More 

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Thank kris4913
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This was a lovely little spot if you fancy a nice picnic spot, or if you're interested in the wildlife, but it's small, and a bit remote. Don't expect interesting hikes or much in the way of facilities. I enjoyed the visit, but I can imagine a lot of people would be disappointed if they're used to more touristy attractions.

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Temple, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

We thought this was a swimming hole but it is only a daytime picnic area. Grounds were clean and it was lush despite the desert backdrop. Cool contrast. Not much to see but a few wild turkeys.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

Amazing oasis in the desert. If you are a birder this is a slice of heaven. Lots of birds are here in the middle of the desert seeking water and food. wiki/Rattlesnake_Springs_Historic_District

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Pickens, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

park setting, running stream, turkeys, deer, lots of picnic tables, neat history on the springs, good for large parties

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Bosque Farms, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

Peaceful / relaxing lush little oasis in the desert. Pack a picnic lunch or something to throw on the available grills and enjoy the lush grounds with free raoming wild turkeys. Wish I lived here!

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

Went to Rattlesnake Springs near sunset as the park ranger said it was a birding spot. He was right in that we saw a flock of nearly a hundred turkeys and 6 deer. Would highly recommend for a short visit after the cave.

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El Paso, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2015

Rattlesnake Springs is such a wonderful oasis in the desert. It is on the way to Carlsbad Caverns and it is a great spot for a family picnic. Lot of picnic tables. Bathroom is a potty and there is a water fountain. No sinks to wash your hands. The girls loved exploring the area. Nice break from a long drive.

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