Trees changing color along a river in New Mexico


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′

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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.

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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.

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Above: Carlsbad Brewfest. Photograph courtesy of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

Bring a lawn chair and settle in for great entertainment and a chance to meet some of the folks who put the pizzazz in this rapidly growing region.

For more ideas on what to do in New Mexico, check out our Travel page or our monthly calendar of events.





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