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Getting to Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Driving to Carlsbad Caverns

US-62/US-180 provides the sole road access to Carlsbad Caverns. The entrance road, Walnut Canyon Road, is 23 miles southwest of the town of Carlsbad, New Mexico, or 150 miles east of the city of El Paso, Texas.

Below you will find an interactive map showing the location of the visitor center in Carlsbad Caverns. Following this are the official park maps provided by the National Park Service. You can view either the original PDF file or a simple JPEG image file (some of these files can be quite large). The map links will open in a new tab. Note that while these maps are useful for general navigation around the park, if you plan to do any hiking, you should really have a proper Carlsbad Caverns Trail Map.

Flying to Carlsbad Caverns

Below you will find a list of airports most convenient for a trip to Carlsbad Caverns, listed in order of distance. For each airport we give useful links for further information on the airport, as well as flight and rental car bookings. These links already have the destination airport selected for your convenience. For price searches, simply enter your origin and dates.

El Paso International Airport (ELP)

  • Located in El Paso, Texas, 139 miles by car to Carlsbad Caverns
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Midland International Air & Space Port (MAF)

  • Located in Midland, Texas, 161 miles by car to Carlsbad Caverns
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Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ)

  • Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 305 miles by car to Carlsbad Caverns
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