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Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Tucson drive in 1 day

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Tucson road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Tucson. If you're planning a road trip to Tucson, you can research locations to stop along the way. Find the best restaurants, hotels, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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8:00 am  start at Carlsbad Caverns National Park
drive for about 2.5 hours

10:37 am  El Paso
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 11:37 am
drive for about 1.5 hours

1:11 pm  Deming
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 2:11 pm
drive for about 53 minutes

3:04 pm  Lordsburg
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 4:04 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

5:31 pm  Willcox
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 6:31 pm
drive for about 60 minutes

7:31 pm  Kartchner Caverns State Park
stay for about 1 hour and leave at 8:31 pm
drive for about 1 hour

9:33 pm  arrive in Tucson

driving ≈ 8.5 hours

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Enter a city to drive through on the way from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Tucson.

Where does my trip begin?

Your starting point is Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

You can enter an exact street address if you want to get precise directions, but this is optional.

How many cars do we need?

Since there are only 2 travelers, we assume you're driving 1 car. You can adjust the number of people traveling at the top. We assume a maximum of 4 passengers per car, but you can change the number of cars to fit your situation.

Where should I stop along the way?

El Paso  (23 answers)
    questions about El Paso:
        Best free things to do in El Paso?
        Must-see spots & fun things to do for 4 guys in their mid twenties?
        El Paso, TX
Kartchner Caverns State Park  (5 mentions)

Where does my trip end?

Your final destination is Tucson, Arizona.

You can enter the exact street address of your destination, but this is optional.

What are some things to do in Tucson?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

El Charro Cafe  (2 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Tucson. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

 Catherine Recinos from Chapel Hill asked:
What to do in Tucson- staying near UofA  (6 answers)

 Valerie Sacksworth from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Tucson?  (2 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Tucson.

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 Tucson to Carlsbad Caverns National Park drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Tucson. Or get a full Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Tucson 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 Carlsbad Caverns National Park well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Carlsbad Caverns National Park!

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At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 464 miles
driving time of 6 hours, 49 minutes
Tucson is 1 hour behind Carlsbad Caverns National Park
19 Carlsbad Caverns National Park travel answers
23 El Paso travel answers
1 Deming travel answer
37 Tucson travel answers

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