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Guidebook for Carlsbad

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Guidebook for Carlsbad

Drinks & Nightlife
Small microbrewery
Scheduled to reopen in new location on the 100 block of W. Mermod in Feb. 2020. Great people, great beer, usually live music. Sometimes there's a food truck, sometimes not.
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Milton's Brewing
108 E Mermod St
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Scheduled to reopen in new location on the 100 block of W. Mermod in Feb. 2020. Great people, great beer, usually live music. Sometimes there's a food truck, sometimes not.
Panninis, pizzas, salads, and beer. Loud! Milton's is the better choice for beer snobs, but this one is quite close.
Guadalupe Mountain Brewing Company
3324 National Parks Hwy
Panninis, pizzas, salads, and beer. Loud! Milton's is the better choice for beer snobs, but this one is quite close.
Parks & Nature
Great displays of Chihuahuan Desert wildlife and flora.
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Living Desert State Park
1504 Miehls Road
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Great displays of Chihuahuan Desert wildlife and flora.
Good place to see mule deer early and at dusk. 0.9-mile one-way hike on a wide gravel trail through--you guessed it--ocotillos. Love to walk or run hills? Use the NMSU-Carlsbad rear parking lot and make a 3.6-mile (approx.) loop by adding Skyline Drive past Living Desert State Park and a tiny bit of NM 285. Great scenic route.
Ocotillo Hills Nature Trail
Good place to see mule deer early and at dusk. 0.9-mile one-way hike on a wide gravel trail through--you guessed it--ocotillos. Love to walk or run hills? Use the NMSU-Carlsbad rear parking lot and make a 3.6-mile (approx.) loop by adding Skyline Drive past Living Desert State Park and a tiny bit of NM 285. Great scenic route.
Great place to walk, run, enjoy one of the many playgrounds, fish, skateboard (at the RIverwalk Rec Center), or rent a kayak. Very flat, paved track as compared to Octotillo Trail, which has significant grade. There's a waterpark for the kids in summer. Stay south across Greene St. for the Veterans Memorial Park and dog park. Something for everyone. Airbnb isn't letting me change the title of this, but Park Drive is a small part of river access. S. James St., Muscatel St., and far E. Lea St. are all part of the attraction.
Park Drive
Great place to walk, run, enjoy one of the many playgrounds, fish, skateboard (at the RIverwalk Rec Center), or rent a kayak. Very flat, paved track as compared to Octotillo Trail, which has significant grade. There's a waterpark for the kids in summer. Stay south across Greene St. for the Veterans Memorial Park and dog park. Something for everyone. Airbnb isn't letting me change the title of this, but Park Drive is a small part of river access. S. James St., Muscatel St., and far E. Lea St. are all part of the attraction.
Great summertime side trip, cool off at the falls.
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Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area
742 Sitting Bull Falls Rd
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Great summertime side trip, cool off at the falls.
Arts & Culture
Free entry and great historical displays of early settler days, wartime, New Mexico painters, Native pottery and stonework, plus a room of Peruvian artifacts. Enjoy some time in the outdoor art park as well. Seasonal festivals and summer movie nights in surrounding Halagueno Arts Park.
Carlsbad Museum & Art Center
418 W Fox St
Free entry and great historical displays of early settler days, wartime, New Mexico painters, Native pottery and stonework, plus a room of Peruvian artifacts. Enjoy some time in the outdoor art park as well. Seasonal festivals and summer movie nights in surrounding Halagueno Arts Park.
This map shows the location of the monument honoring Alejandro Ruiz, Medal of Honor recipient from Loving, NM. Go south on the walking trail or James St. to Veterans Memorial Park. It has a daytime storage vault for the Norden Bombsight, a top-secret WWII tool. https://youtu.be/HpiZTvlWx2g Training on the NB was done at Carlsbad Army Air Field, where the airport is now. The vault was moved to the park for display. The thick walls were to prevent enemy detection of the NB by any means. Troops' personal graffiti is carved into the door. The interior is open on special occasions. Other displays honor area vets including locals who walked the Bataan Death March.
Alejandro Ruiz Memorial Park
400 Riverwalk
This map shows the location of the monument honoring Alejandro Ruiz, Medal of Honor recipient from Loving, NM. Go south on the walking trail or James St. to Veterans Memorial Park. It has a daytime storage vault for the Norden Bombsight, a top-secret WWII tool. https://youtu.be/HpiZTvlWx2g Training on the NB was done at Carlsbad Army Air Field, where the airport is now. The vault was moved to the park for display. The thick walls were to prevent enemy detection of the NB by any means. Troops' personal graffiti is carved into the door. The interior is open on special occasions. Other displays honor area vets including locals who walked the Bataan Death March.
Walk the street (yes one street) in what was once the most violent locale in North America. Stand in the same jail cell where Billy the Kid was held. Learn about local ranching history and rivalry. Quant, well-stocked shops and a lovely little restuarant, with a scenic drive on the way. A perfect day trip from Carlsbad if you start early.
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Lincoln
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Walk the street (yes one street) in what was once the most violent locale in North America. Stand in the same jail cell where Billy the Kid was held. Learn about local ranching history and rivalry. Quant, well-stocked shops and a lovely little restuarant, with a scenic drive on the way. A perfect day trip from Carlsbad if you start early.
Live music in the backyard some weekend nights. Public welcome. Check their FB listing.
Fiddler's Inn
705 N Canyon St
Live music in the backyard some weekend nights. Public welcome. Check their FB listing.
Shopping
Good selection of health products and foods. Carlsbad's only real "granola" store. This is where I buy essential oils.
Healthy Choices
205 W Church St
Good selection of health products and foods. Carlsbad's only real "granola" store. This is where I buy essential oils.
If you want authentic Mexican spices or other ingredients and the feel of a store that hasn't changed since the 70s, go to La Tienda. If you want organic ingredients, go to Albertsons or Walmart. Good, big burritos to go in the morning and made-in-house tortilla chips all the time. Grouchy deli staff...it's almost funny.
La Tienda Thriftway
1301 S Canal St
If you want authentic Mexican spices or other ingredients and the feel of a store that hasn't changed since the 70s, go to La Tienda. If you want organic ingredients, go to Albertsons or Walmart. Good, big burritos to go in the morning and made-in-house tortilla chips all the time. Grouchy deli staff...it's almost funny.
Both southern corners of N. Canal and Luckey Sts. are occupied by Mexican import vendors. Great selection of pottery, rustic furniture, indoor and outdoor decor. This is NOT supposed to say Walgreens, nor is it near Walgreens, and it's not on W. Pierce St! Airbnb software isn't perfect.
Walgreens
1401 W Pierce St
Both southern corners of N. Canal and Luckey Sts. are occupied by Mexican import vendors. Great selection of pottery, rustic furniture, indoor and outdoor decor. This is NOT supposed to say Walgreens, nor is it near Walgreens, and it's not on W. Pierce St! Airbnb software isn't perfect.
Entertainment & Activities
Friday night cosmic bowling with music. Home of the Burger Cave--great burgers. Drinks available. Unfortunately no food or drink is allowed anywhere near the bowlers' seats. Kinda scuzzy as bowling alleys go, but it's what we have.
Cal's Cactus Lanes Bowling
1609 S Canal St
Friday night cosmic bowling with music. Home of the Burger Cave--great burgers. Drinks available. Unfortunately no food or drink is allowed anywhere near the bowlers' seats. Kinda scuzzy as bowling alleys go, but it's what we have.
Allen Theaters La Cueva 6
2322 W Pierce St
Covered ice rink open all winter. Adults skate for $8.00. Mountain town fun! This is 102 miles from Eve's house. Check NMRoads.com for winter travel updates. See Cloudcroft Ice Rink FB page.
751 Burro Ave
751 Burro Ave
Covered ice rink open all winter. Adults skate for $8.00. Mountain town fun! This is 102 miles from Eve's house. Check NMRoads.com for winter travel updates. See Cloudcroft Ice Rink FB page.
Getting Around
The only car rental place in town.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
1710 S Canal St
The only car rental place in town.
Everything Else
Hike to the highest point in Texas, Guadalupe Peak! Or check out McKittrick Canyon for the best chance to see wildlife. Got a shorter hike in mind? Frijole Ranch to Smith Springs is my favorite. GUMO pamphlets are in your room.
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Guadalupe Mountains National Park
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Hike to the highest point in Texas, Guadalupe Peak! Or check out McKittrick Canyon for the best chance to see wildlife. Got a shorter hike in mind? Frijole Ranch to Smith Springs is my favorite. GUMO pamphlets are in your room.