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Address: 69 Rattlesnake Springs Road, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220
Phone Number: (575) 785-2232
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Oasis in the desert

Rattlesnake Springs was a nice shift from spending so much time in the depths of Carlsbad Caverns. The water in the pool was clear and fish can be seen amongst the algae. There is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Rattlesnake Springs was a nice shift from spending so much time in the depths of Carlsbad Caverns. The water in the pool was clear and fish can be seen amongst the algae. There is no swimming or fishing there, though, not that I would want to do either, The water was very warm to someone who is used to cold... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We were told it was a good place to see more wildlife. Went late afternoon, saw several varieties of birds, ducks, wild turkeys, lots of deer, a roadrunner. Also stopped by a very old cemetery along the way. Was a good outing if interested in just hanging around with your eyes open to see what nature shows you.

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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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Coral Springs, Florida
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86 attraction reviews
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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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185 attraction reviews
407 helpful votes 407 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
20 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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130 reviews 130 reviews
21 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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