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Rattlesnake Springs

69 Rattlesnake Springs Road, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220
(575) 785-2232
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Superior, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

I knew we had to visit Rattlesnake Springs when two rangers who were birders looked at us like we were crazy for never having been there. As we turned onto the road leading to the picnic area and springs, deer and wild turkeys were everywhere. We could have stayed at the picnic area for hours and been entertained by numerous... More 

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Bloomfield Township, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We saw a lot of birds and enjoyed the nature. We did not have a picnic.I am not really a picnic type of person. But if you'd like to have a picnic, it is a nice, scenic place. It would not work for me anyway. I got to have a regular restroom/bathroom. "Cubicle" with a toilet that doesn't flash does... More 

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Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

Rattlesnake Springs is located a few miles south of the Caverns. You turn off the main highway, and take a gravel road for a mile or two. There is a sign along the highway to indicate where you turn off. We had a picnic breakfast here recently. The picnic area had several tables that were well spaced apart, and shaded.... More 

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

We went here for the 3rd grade field trip. It was beautiful and the perfect place for a day out in nature. The picnic area is very big (room for 100 people I think) and spread out so you are not on top of each other. There are several shaded grassy areas for Frisbee, whiffle ball, football tossing, etc. The... More 

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Sunspot, NM
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Went for birding and were rewarded with 39 species! A lovely green spot with big cottonwoods in the picnic area and a tree ringed spring. A quiet and relaxing spot to enjoy a picnic and the birds and wildlife.

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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Before we entered the caves, we stopped here to check out the birds - great spot for the SW in winter - and to eat the lunch we brought with us. There are only picnic tables and toilets here - no concessions - but a really cool spring head just up the road a bit - make sure to visit... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

the best spot for birding in the area. outstanding. even if you are not a birder, great for a relaxing picnic. Be sure to be be quiet and you will see an abundance of birds and mammals including Wild Turkeys, Deer and roosting Turkey Vultures.

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Ft Worth
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

This lovely picnic area is about 25 minutes from Carlsbad Caverns. We needed a place to eat our picnic and it turned out to be a winner. Nice new tables, BBQ grills, a bathroom facility. A great spot for birding, among the grove of cottonwood trees.

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Omaha
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

The springs are out of the way, but a pleasant change from the surrounding desert. There are several tables, shade trees, and restrooms. You can see Rattlesnake Springs, actually just a large pond that supplies the water used at Carlsbad Caverns. There's enough water in the area to support trees and wildlife. The evening we went we saw turkeys, deer,... More 

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So. California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2011

We didn't know about this part of Carlsbad Caverns National Park until the desk ranger at Guadalupe Mtns. National Park told us we could see flocks of turkeys there (we had seen one in their Visitor Center's display). The turnoff is a few miles South from the road up to Carlsbad Caverns and it takes you to flat area with... More 

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