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Greatest Places For Selfies: Carlsbad NM

Updated on June 21, 2015

Exotic and Beautiful Carlsbad Caverns

If you enjoy the caverns in the middle of Missouri, you will love these New Mexico beauties! -- Cool in temperature and in visuals.
If you enjoy the caverns in the middle of Missouri, you will love these New Mexico beauties! -- Cool in temperature and in visuals. | Source

You say Carlsbad, I say "Caverns" -- That's the usual association for his locale, but Carlsbad has many more places to photograph to amaze your friends. You may want to take some of these pals with you on vacation.

Number One Site for Photography In America by Popular Vote presents a list of the 100 Greatest Places to Stand in America for the 2010s and it includes some jaw dropping and romantic places. If you are stumped for a vacation idea, try one of them - especially Number One, Carlsbad.

Carlsbad, New Mexico stands is Number One for its proximity near Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Wilderness Area, but also for other natural attractions in southern and southeastern New Mexico. It is a wonderland that Disney should copy and call CarlsbadLand.

After you visit Carlsbad Caverns, you might like to journey 100 miles north to visit Roswell, the sight of the Area 51 controversies unleased during the summer of 2011. They debates have been overwhelmed by even newer controversies into 2015 - 2016,. but they are still fun to examine.

Enchanting Carlsbad and Surrounds

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A markerCarlsbad NM -
Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA
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B markerCarlsbad Caverns -
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 3225 National Parks Hwy, Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA
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Eddy and Her Neighbors - Bat-Watching and Oil

One hundred miles west of Carlsbad is Las Cruces, a favorite of mine, because the people are so friendly to visit. This includes the city government staff and the Chamber of Commerce.

The colleges and universities in these regions of New Mexico offer environmental degree programs and a number of associated new products that include green oil produced from green algae.

Eddy and the Bats

Carlsbad began as the Town of Eddy in the late 1880s, but became famous for its bat cave discovered in 1901. It began producing bat-watching events that still occur in present times. The medicinal springs north of town are responsible for the city being named for the European Karlsbad Healing Center with its often-visited mineral springs.

Potash mining brought major revenues to the town and the National Park System brought the tourist trade. Local Native North Americans became interesting to visitors as well.

Carlsbad Caverns and Wildlife - Free for Youth

Carlsbad Caverns National Park features two historic districts listed on the US National Register of Historic Places:

1) Carlsbad Cavern Historic District and

2) Rattlesnake Springs Historic District.

This cavernous wildlife area is open 364 days a year, closed only on Christmas.

A number of reasonably priced guided tours are available through different parts of the caverns, each differently priced and having a different minimum age requirement for safety reasons. No baby strollers are permitted in the caves and no children under 3 years old on the tours; but admission is free to youth and children under age 16.

Wheelchairs are accomodated in the cavernous "Big Room", accessible by elevator. An Underground Lunch Room is also a big attraction and a lot of fun. The venue has only one access road, New Mexico Highway 7 off US 62/180 southest of Carlsbad.

Carlsbad Caverns National
3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220

Carlsbad National Wildlife Refuge is home to many nationally endangered or threatened plant and animal species. They are all safe here and people can come in to visit them. The facilities offer camping, fishing, and other opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. It is located eight (8) miles north of Carlsbad on US 285/Pierce Street.

Entrance to Carlsbad Caverns Park

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A markerCarlsbad Caverns National Park -
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 3225 National Parks Hwy, Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA
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B markerNew Mexico Highway 7 -
New Mexico 7, Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA
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C markerUS 285 and East Pierce Street, Carlsbad, NM -
U.S. 285 & West Pierce Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220, USA
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New Mexico is not the only enchanting land in the Southwest. Below, you will see some other worthwhile places to visit in the area.

White Sands National Monument


Opportunities for Photography

  • Guadalupe Mountains, Texas

    This area is located directly across the state line in Texas. The website includes the National Park Service features for nformation on NPS geologic resource management programs, conservation, and features in the park.

  • Holloman Air Force Base

    >>White Sands National Monument New Mexico -- White Sands is one of the world's natural wonders, featuring gypsum dunes and located within Holloman AFB.

  • Lincoln National Forest

    Closed during 2011 to all visitors, because of extreme fire hazards.

  • San Andres National Wildlife Refuge

    This is the site of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the San Andres National Wildlife Refuge, Chihuahuan desert, and wildlife that includes desert bighorn sheep, rams, mountain lion, cougar, puma, javelina, and others.

Tornado aircraft
Tornado aircraft | Source

German Air Force Training 1958 - Present

The German Air Force has trained in the United States since 1958 during the Cold War. It moved its training work to Holloman AFB in 1992, where it continues currently. British, German, and Italian air forces fly the Tornado Air-to-Ground and Air Defense fighter planes, manufactured in Munich, Germany.


The High Plains Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival and Photography Safari is sponsored by the State of New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

Lesser Prairie Chicken
Lesser Prairie Chicken | Source

Wildlife for Viewing and Photography

Job Increases Since 2008,Up to a 2000% Increase


Average Weekly Wage Increases.

The Carlsbad city development department reports that the average weekly pay rate in Carlsbad is $963 and only $794 for New Mexico overall in 2011. By 2014, the figures were $998 and $793, indicating further economic growth in Carlsbad and Eddy County.

The Carlsbad NM Cost of Living is lower than the nation's average overall by -5.30%

Large Companies In Carlsbad

Some of the largest local emloyers are:

  • B & H Maintenance & Construction Company
  • Baylor University
  • Best Western Stevens Inn
  • Brininstool Equipment Sales and Service
  • Carlsbad Medical Center
  • Carlsbad Municipal Schools
  • City of Carlsbad
  • Constructors, Inc.
  • Eddy County
  • Intrepid Potash
  • Mosaic Mining
  • NMSU-Carlsbad
  • S.M. Stoller Corp.
  • Xcel Energy

Top 10 Occupations Producing Most New Jobs

  1. Transportation - Truck Driving (CDL) - Jobs are booming 2014 - 2024.
  2. Construction Tradespeople - Electricians, Concrete professionals, Engineers and Designers.
  3. Physical Therapy Assistants
  4. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  5. Food and Beverage Service Workers - Managers and Crew
  6. Personal and Home Care Aides, Patient Care Techs
  7. Healthcare Support Staff
  8. Postsecondary Teachers (College and Vocatonal Schools)
  9. Nursing, Psychiatric, and Home Health Aides
  10. Retail Salespersons

Top Hiring Companies

  1. AT&T
  2. Community Health Systems
  3. Carlsbad Medical Center
  4. Hastings Entertainment
  5. Intrepid Potash
  6. Soliant Health
  7. Core Medical Group
  8. Reflectx Services
  9. Seaboard Health Care Search
  10. Advanced Medical Personnel Services
  11. PizzaHut, McDonald's
  12. MSN Allied
  13. Crossmark

Top 10 High Demand Jobs

  1. AT&T Bilingual Sales Consultants and Support Specialists
  2. Occupational Therapists
  3. Assistant Managers
  4. Registered and Licensed Practical Nurses
  5. Help Desk Staff
  6. Emergency Department Techs
  7. Phlebotomists
  8. Dietary Utility Assistant
  9. Hospital Admitting Clerks
  10. Medical Technologists

© 2011 Patty Inglish


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    • Support Med. profile image

      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      For those who are looking to relocate, your hubs are the ones to follow. v/r

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      Thanks for commenting! This will be a very interesting set of cities to review.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      In these hard times you are doing a marvelous job for people looking for work. For me, your very informative hub about this place and describing it so well I feel like being there. Thank you for your hard work.

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      Albert Street 6 years ago from Northern USA

      I really enjoyed all of the insight that you put into a visit to Carlsbad NM. Reading about the top 10 job that are producing in that area are making me want to go live there, I have been in the Food Service Industry for over 30 years. Maybe I should consider looking into that location.

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      Clifford Beaver 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Manitoba

      I lived there once, well not carlsbad, but yea. I didn't like it much. I'm not much of a western kind of guy, but more of a tropics and rainforest kind of guy.

      Great hub nonetheless. As usual, very informative.

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      Nan Mynatt 6 years ago

      Thanks for your research on New Mexico. There are a lot of possibilities for employment, and it sounds like an exciting place to be. It's interesting to know that we have other countries who are using our facilities to practice their military operations? There are a lot of interworld acceptance going on in the United States.