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Scenic 9.5 mile loop drive

With the adjacent Carlsbad Caverns closed (due to the then Government shut down), we were left to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ashbourne, United Kingdom
Very Nice Nature Drive

This is a very nice drive, if you are interested in desert flora and fauna. It is a graveled road... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
College Station, Texas
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This is a 9 mile gravel road that makes a loop through Carlsbad Caverns National Park. It is shown on the map at the NPS website, and mentioned in guidebooks such as National Geographic's Guide to the National Parks.
3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

With the adjacent Carlsbad Caverns closed (due to the then Government shut down), we were left to find our own adventure at the National Park (NP). We found and drove the 9.5 mile desert loop, which starts near the NP visitor center. It is free...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank StephenGlobeTrotter
Reviewed 12 February 2019

This was the highlight of our trip as the ride was breath taking. A free 10 mile loop that allows you to see the wild life and the scenery which was beautiful. It took longer then it should have but we saw Deer and Big...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Garry T
Reviewed 20 August 2018

This is a very nice drive, if you are interested in desert flora and fauna. It is a graveled road, but is OK for a car. We like it.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Breath taking scenery on this meandering trail. Definitely worth the drive. If at all possible use an AWD.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 21 May 2018

After hiking around the caverns but before watching the bat flight, we decided to get out of the crowds and take a quick drive down the Walnut Canyon road. We were easily able to do this in our Prius in October, but it may not...More

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank CopperLeah
Reviewed 28 January 2018

This 7+ mile self guided drive through the desert is on the access road to the Carlsbad Caverns. It offered some nice views of the desert and local terrains. Pick up the information sheet from the rangers at the National Park information center first so...More

Date of experience: January 2018
2  Thank JudyK288
Reviewed 27 December 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful off road experience. You could probably do it after the caverns. We started probably 1 hr before sunset. It's 9.5 miles that starts near the visitor center and meets down the mountain. You can stop off at rattlesnake canyon. The sunset...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank archlav
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed the drive but it is an activity to do if you are done with the cavern activities which are higher priority. Do ask at the information desk for a guide to the drive. It will make your time more meaningful. It includes plant,...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Crowhollow
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Walnut Canyon Loop Drive is a nice 9.5 mile loop drive that starts near the CCNP visitor center. It is gravel, so you need to go slow. There is some interesting, though not dramatic, landscape and the flora is interesting if you are not from...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank scottcaps
Reviewed 25 September 2017

If you are waiting for the bat flight program to begin this is the perfect place to kill some time. The scenery is nice, but the best part may be the seclusion and quiet. Make sure you get the guidebook/pamphlet for the drive.

Date of experience: September 2017
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