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Trip Guide: Carlsbad
It’s more than a fantastic cave. Carlsbad also has tasty brews, spicy food, and toe-tapping tunes.
POPULATION :: 28,774
ELEVATION :: 3,295′
CONTACT :: 575-887-6516
New Mexico’s best craft brews, BBQ, and music. That’s cool. Long known for the 56-degree temperature inside Carlsbad Caverns National Park, this southeastern city’s cool factor continues above ground.
The 7th Annual Carlsbad Microbrew Festival bedecks the banks of the Pecos River on May 9, when the best craft breweries in the state offer samples sure to get your feet stomping to the live music from area bands and musicians. This festival has grown into a regional favorite with statewide drawing power.
Above: Carlsbad's River Walk is the perfect place for a romantic stroll.
Photograph courtesy of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.
Work up your appetite for lip-smacking BBQ, green chile cheeseburgers, and burritos. Your $25 ticket includes a commemorative pint glass; VIP ticket-holders enjoy a full hour of pre-tasting, plus a commemorative T-shirt.
Above: Carlsbad Brewfest. Photograph courtesy of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.
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