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Tucson to Carlsbad Best Route?

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miami
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Tucson to Carlsbad Best Route?

Hello Everyone, Assuming a Tucson departure around 12 Noon what route might be best? We would overnight in Carlsbad and visit the Caverns in the AM then head out to San Antonio. A friend suggested overnight in Alamogordo and set out early in the morning. Advice? Thank you all.

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1. Re: Tucson to Carlsbad Best Route?

Quickest would be I-10 to El Paso then US 180 to the Caverns.

Taking US-70 then US-82 is more scenic and would allow you to see White Sands National Monument along the way.

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2. Re: Tucson to Carlsbad Best Route?

Given the miles you need to make ,The 180 from El PasoO Overnighting in Whites City... carracar

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3. Re: Tucson to Carlsbad Best Route?

Thanks for the feedback! The 180 looks busy out of El Paso with all those traffic lights and downright desolate for close to 200 miles. Any gas once out of the city?

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4. Re: Tucson to Carlsbad Best Route?

As you are going south on I-10, watch for the exit for the Transmountain Highway. Take that and you bypass all of El Paso, and come out on US 180 east of town. There are some gas stations close to the intersection of the bypass and 180. The highway is designated Texas 385. Hope this helps.

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5. Re: Tucson to Carlsbad Best Route?

I'd add a night and do what your friend says. See White Sands and stay Alamogordo. Then next day drive the scenic route via Cloudcroft and Artesia and visit the Caverns in the afternoon and see the bats fly out. It's still a 7 hours drive from Carlsbad to San Antonio.

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