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Address: 69 Rattlesnake Springs Road, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220
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+1 575-785-2232
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Birds!

This is a lovely picnic area with a host of interesting birds. We saw painted buntings, vermilion flycatchers, tanagers, quail, and wild turkeys. We also saw javelinas, and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Deanna D
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Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent one afternoon and one morning here in early February. Although "good" birds were scarce due to time of year, it's obvious that this place has fantastic potential during a more birdy time of year. Be sure to bird all the way back to the "tank" by the staff's house near the end of the road.

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Thank chazwill
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely picnic area with a host of interesting birds. We saw painted buntings, vermilion flycatchers, tanagers, quail, and wild turkeys. We also saw javelinas, and jackrabbits on the road in. We were there in the early morning. It's worth walking down the road a bit from the parking area to see the spring.

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Avon, Ohio
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813 attraction reviews
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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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1 Thank Steve1362
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41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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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Thank John D
Charleston, Illinois
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66 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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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1 Thank kris4913
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69 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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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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23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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Thank Amber B
Oak Park, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
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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Thank mcmac53
Pickens, South Carolina
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45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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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Thank Joe J
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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