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Albuquerque to Carlsbad Caverns National Park drive

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Albuquerque to Carlsbad Caverns National Park road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Albuquerque to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. If you're planning a road trip to Carlsbad Caverns National Park, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

11:00 am  start in Albuquerque
drive for about 59 minutes

11:59 am  Clines Corners
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:59 pm
drive for about 55 minutes

1:54 pm  Vaughn
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 2 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Vaughn
drive for about 1.5 hours

11:32 am  Roswell (New Mexico)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:32 pm
drive for about 51 minutes

1:23 pm  Artesia (New Mexico)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:23 pm
drive for about 41 minutes

3:04 pm  Carlsbad (New Mexico)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:04 pm
drive for about 38 minutes

4:42 pm  arrive at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

day 2 driving ≈ 3.5 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Clines Corners


Roswell (New Mexico)  (7 answers)
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Artesia (New Mexico)

Carlsbad (New Mexico)  (5 answers)

What are some things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park?

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Albuquerque drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

Looking for ideas for more destinations within driving distance of Albuquerque? Try searching for places within 5 hours of Albuquerque.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Albuquerque to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Or get a full Albuquerque to Carlsbad Caverns National Park flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know Albuquerque well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Albuquerque!

At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 304 miles
driving time of 5 hours, 12 minutes
96 Albuquerque travel answers
7 Roswell (New Mexico) travel answers
1 Artesia (New Mexico) travel answer
5 Carlsbad (New Mexico) travel answers
23 Carlsbad Caverns National Park travel answers


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