Best national parks in New Mexico

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Explore the most popular national parks in New Mexico with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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Best national parks (2)
#1 - White Sands National Park
New Mexico
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Known for its impressive landscape of white, wave-like gypsum sand dunes, White Sands National Monument preserves a massive area of dunes, plants, and wildlife within the northern Chihuahuan Desert. Trails include the Interdune Boardwalk and the Dune Life Nature Trail. White Sands National Park is open daily year-round except for December 25, Christmas Day. Hours of operation vary throughout the year. During the winter and occasionally throughout the year, the park may unexpectedly close due to unsafe road or extreme weather conditions. Also, due to missile testing on the adjacent White Sands Missile Range, it is occasionally necessary for visitor safety to close the road into the park for periods of up to three hours. U.S. Highway 70 between Alamogordo and Las Cruces is also closed during times of missile testing. Please note hours vary depending on time of year. Please not entry to the park is blocked off one hour prior to closure. January 1 – February 1: 7am- 6pm February 2 – March 7: 7am - 7pm March 8 - April 11: 7am - 8pm April 12 – May 23: 7am - 8:30pm May 24 – September 12: 7am - 9pm September 13 – October 31: 7am - 8pm November 1 – December 24: 7am - 6pm December 26 – December 31: 7am - 6pmShow more
#2 - Carlsbad Caverns National Park
New Mexico
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Carlsbad Caverns has 117 caves, the longest of which is ove 120 miles (190 km) long. The Big Room is almost 4,000 feet (1,200 m) long, and the caves are home to over 400,000 Mexican Free-tailed Bats and sixteen other species. Above ground are the Chihuahuan Desert and Rattlesnake Springs. Hours vary seasonally. See here for more info: https://www.nps.gov/cave/planyourvisit/hours.htm Entrance Fee All visitors who enter Carlsbad Cavern are required to purchase an entrance ticket, which is good for three days. If you are entering with a pass, please visit the ticket counter for your free admission ticket. Adults (ages 16 and older): $15 per person Children (ages 15 and under): Free Accessibility: The visitor center has designated, handicapped-accessible parking spaces. There are ramps to access the visitor center, theater, gift shop, bookstore, restaurant, and restrooms. There are wheelchair/mobility equipment accessible picnic tables near the visitor center at the far east end. Additional accessible tables can be found along Walnut Creek Drive. The Rattlesnake Springs picnic area has accessible tables and restrooms. There is reserved, handicapped-accessible parking at the Bat Flight area and the top row of the amphitheater has a reserved area for those using wheelchairs. There is an elevator that provides access to The Big Room cavern and trail. The Natural Entrance trail is not considered wheelchair accessible due to its steep grade, and it is not recommended for those with heart or breathing conditions. Strollers are also not allowed on this trail unless they are medically necessary for the child. Ranger-led programs in the park are not considered wheelchair accessible due to the rugged and steep conditions. Additional accessible trails and facilities information can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/cave/planyourvisit/accessibility.htmShow more