Carlsbad, New Mexico
An Oasis in the Desert
More than 100 years ago, families and pioneers following the Pecos Trail in pursuit of new beginnings and adventure saw this as a land rich in opportunity. Along the banks of the Pecos River, they discovered a region that they would call home. That became Carlsbad.
Today, Carlsbad is a bustling community with tremendous economic opportunity. Oil and gas, tourism, agriculture, potash mining and the nuclear industry are just a few of the reasons that this modern city in Southeastern New Mexico has one of the healthiest job markets in the country.
Carlsbad is also a great place to raise a family. The award-winning school district has the highest paid teachers in the state. This, combined with several private schools and the Carlsbad branch of the New Mexico State University, creates an educational setting that can fit many different levels, skills and interests.
With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, Carlsbad is a great place to play for all ages. Facilities include two golf courses, numerous tennis and racquetball courts, a natatorium, miles of hiking and jogging courses, shooting ranges, indoor and outdoor basketball, kayaking, fishing and swimming. The most popular spot for many Carlsbad families is along the Pecos River. Miles and miles of parks, trails, beaches, playgrounds and fishing holes make Carlsbad an oasis in the desert. Paddle boats, kayaks and bikes are all available for rental.
Christmas on the Pecos
Every year, thousands of visitors come to Carlsbad to enjoy the annual Christmas on the Pecos tour, a magical boat ride up the Pecos River featuring hundreds of decorated homes.
The outdoor wonderland also includes two world-class national parks a short drive away, Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park, along with Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park (a community-minded state park in town), Brantley Lake State Park, and Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area.
In addition to Carlsbad Caverns, there are many underground resources in the area, including potash, oil and gas, and deep salt beds. The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, also known as WIPP, uses the area’s salt beds, thousands of feet below the surface, for the permanent disposition of defense-generated transuranic waste. Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories both have offices in Carlsbad.
The Carlsbad Museum and Art Center is one of the oldest museums in the state. The Cruisin’ Thru Time Auto Museum is another popular draw for visitors. Carlsbad also has three outstanding dance studios, a community theater, music groups, and art galleries and associations.
Carlsbad is also known for its world-class softball and baseball programs, its dynamic Relay for Life (one of the largest in the United States), its innovative Veterans Memorial Park, the Cavern City Classic Omnium bicycle race, the Bob Forrest Youth Sports Complex and the National Cave and Karst Research Institute.
True to its Western heritage, Carlsbad remains a land for opportunity and exploration.