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Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks are major tourist
attractions. Framed by the Chihuahuan Desert, the city features numerous
attractions, including spectacular aquatic vistas. The Eddy House, a project
in the works showing the life and times of Carlsbad's founding settlers. The
Carlsbad Museum boasts prehistoric animal bones and Apache Indian relics.
From pioneer ranching days, there are saddles, guns, chuck boxes and relics
of the days when outlaws frequented the Guadalupe Mountains. The McAdoo
collection is the featured art exhibit which includes paintings from the
famous Taos Society of Artists which put New Mexico on the artistic map.
Visitors can also enjoy the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.
Brantley Lake State Park, only twelve miles north of Carlsbad offers
camping, skiing, boating, fishing, birding, and swimming. Lincoln National
Forest encompasses 285,000 acres for hiking, caving, camping, picnicking,
rock climbing, horseback riding, non-motorized mountain biking and
experiencing the beauty of nature.
People seem to be attracted to the small-town lifestyle and western friendliness that Carlsbad offers. The abundant sunshine and low cost of living add to the charm.