Near Carlsbad, and out here near is very relative, there is not much. We stayed north of Carlsbad and south of Artesia New Mexico. About 25 miles either north or south to a town of any size. And although the landscape is mostly desert it has a certain charm and some hidden gems. We took an adventure thru the Lincoln National Forest to the north (most remote) entrance to Guadalupe National Park – Dog Canyon and stopped by Sitting Bull Falls as a bonus on the way.
This was about a 60 mile trip down a dead end road, but well worth the time with exceptional views. We were not sure if the route would be paved, but it was and was in reasonably good shape. Might be careful of flash flooding in the rainy season.
With this desert landscape it was surprising to find a nice little waterfall (They are one of my favorites) at Sitting Bull Falls. It is quite a beautiful oasis in the mist of this dry desert. Again I say dry desert but above shows that rain and flash floods must be a real danger. Not sure I want to be here in the rainy season???
Further down the “highway” is the northern entrance to Guadalupe NP at Dog Canyon. These mountains are simply amazing… Still complete desert landscape with no real trees. The trees are the biggest (besides sheer size) difference in this area and the east coast. That and many other things, but I kept wondering why you can see sooooooo far here and not over there and I really think the main thing is lack of trees. You can see for miles around here!!! At home I couldn’t see the next street over.
The southern edge of the Guadalupe’s is much more dramatic than the northern entrance. A very stunning mountain range, thankful for National Park Service protecting our nations treasures!!!
On the picture below, El Capitan on the southern (left) edge and Guadalupe Peak at 8,750 – the highest peak in TX to the right.
WOW just WOW… But no we did not hike to the top…
Peace, Love and Justice for all!!!