Carlsbad KOA is located 13 miles north of Carlsbad, NM on Highway 285.  Going north out of Carlsbad exit at Skyward Dr. between mile marker 51 and 52 and follow the sign to the right.  Coming south out of Artesia you would exit at the same place but with a left turn.  The road coming into the campground is gravel but good and the interior roads are gravel and very wide.  They are wider than most campgrounds that I have visited.

This is one of the nicest KOA campgrounds that we have ever visited.  They have 103 large RV sites.  All sites are pull thrus, have 30/50 amp connections, sewer connection, TV connection, a fire ring, and a picnic table at the site.  They also offer tent camping at their Tent Village and have a number of very nice rental units.  Pets are welcome but they do have a breed restriction.

The office and store are in the front of a large 6000 square foot building that also contains the enclosed rec area, restrooms, laundry, and kitchen area.  The rec area is 2000 square feet, which gives you plenty of room to hold your rally meetings or other events.  Other ammenities include a heated pool, playground area, free WiFi, video rentals, daily paper, pedal carts, escort to site, propane, and a fenced dog walk area.  The dog walk is large and divided into two sections.  That way if dogs don't get along, they can be seperated.

A nice feature of this campground is that they cook barbecue brisket every day and will deliver your meal to your camper if you so desire.  This is very convienent if you have had a busy day visiting the Carlsbad Caverns or any of the other attractions in the area and don't want to cook or even leave your campsite.  Breakfast is also served in the rec hall, but only on the weekends.

The main attraction in this area is of course the Carlsbad Caverns.  If you have never been to the caverns, you need to do yourself a favor and make the trip.  You will not be disappointed.  Carlsbad KOA is the place to stay, even though it is 15 miles north of Carlsbad.  Everything about this campground is good.  A few more miles of driving is worth it.  It took us about an hour and fifteen minutes to get from the campground to Carlsbad Caverns.  I would go back and stay at the campgound just to be staying there.  That's how much we liked it!

Submitted by Brad & Jane

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Carlsbad Caverns
    750 feet below the surface.
    You can walk down or you can
     take an elevator.
    There is a self guided tour or you
    can take one of the Ranger Guided
    tours. 
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