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Address: 69 Rattlesnake Springs Rd, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220-9423
Phone Number: (575) 785-2232
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Picnic Place Only

We thought this was a swimming hole but it is only a daytime picnic area. Grounds were clean and it was lush despite the desert backdrop. Cool contrast. Not much to see but a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2016
Amber B
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Temple, Texas
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Temple, Texas
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

We thought this was a swimming hole but it is only a daytime picnic area. Grounds were clean and it was lush despite the desert backdrop. Cool contrast. Not much to see but a few wild turkeys.

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Oak Park, Illinois
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81 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Amazing oasis in the desert. If you are a birder this is a slice of heaven. Lots of birds are here in the middle of the desert seeking water and food. wiki/Rattlesnake_Springs_Historic_District

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Pickens, South Carolina
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45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

park setting, running stream, turkeys, deer, lots of picnic tables, neat history on the springs, good for large parties

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Bosque Farms, New Mexico
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

Peaceful / relaxing lush little oasis in the desert. Pack a picnic lunch or something to throw on the available grills and enjoy the lush grounds with free raoming wild turkeys. Wish I lived here!

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Katy, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Went to Rattlesnake Springs near sunset as the park ranger said it was a birding spot. He was right in that we saw a flock of nearly a hundred turkeys and 6 deer. Would highly recommend for a short visit after the cave.

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El Paso, United States
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Rattlesnake Springs is such a wonderful oasis in the desert. It is on the way to Carlsbad Caverns and it is a great spot for a family picnic. Lot of picnic tables. Bathroom is a potty and there is a water fountain. No sinks to wash your hands. The girls loved exploring the area. Nice break from a long drive.

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Frankfurt, Germany
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143 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

This is an idyllic setting; very beautiful. We had a picnic lunch here. We saw a herd of deer and a flock of wild turkeys. The drive to this place was beautiful and I had to restrain myself from taking plant and see samples from the landscape ! I only took lots of photos. November is a wonderful time of... More 

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1 Thank Cookie064
Taos, New Mexico, United States
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33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Great for birding with many species during migration. Lovely place with nice picnic tables. bathrooms and water.

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Chesterton, Indiana
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This little day use park is so lovely, it's definitely worth the short drive out of your way as you are driving to or from other attractions such as Carlsbad Caverns (it's actually on this park's grounds) or Guadalupe Mts National Park (TX). En route to both of those bigger attractions, we stopped here three days in a row to... More 

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Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
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121 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

It's another 15 minutes or so past Carlsbad Caverns. We went late in the day, hoping to see wildlife. We didn't see any deer, but we did see a couple of families of wild turkeys. Looks like a nice place for a picnic.

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