Carlsbad, New Mexico is an oasis in the Chihuahuan desert located along the Pecos River. Because of this, it’s endearingly known as the “The Pearl on the Pecos”. When it comes to parks, this city is plentiful. There’s even a riverwalk along Lake Carlsbad where you and your pooch can take a stroll. This accessible nature combined with the three veterinary clinics in town make it easy to have a happy, healthy dog in Carlsbad.
In the southwest end of the city, you and your dog can find lots of opportunities for outdoor adventure. The famous Carlsbad Caverns National Park brings in tons of tourists every year, and is famous for its limestone caves and unique rock formations. Dogs are not allowed in the caverns, or on park trails, but can enjoy walking on the roads within the park surrounded by rocky canyons, desert wildlife, and blooming cactus. For some nearby trails, just south of the national park you can find the Sitting Bull Falls Recreational Area. This less well-known area is a gem in the desert that allows leashed dogs to enjoy trails around and to the top of the waterfalls.
If your and your pup are looking for somewhere to rest your weary feet after a day of exploring, check in at Days Inn Carlsbad. They allow up to two pets of any size for a small additional fee. With all of this nearby nature and pet amenities, Carlsbad is a pawrific place to live or visit with your canine companion!
It’s obvious that the city of Carlsbad loves dogs, because in the City Center they have their very own dog park! The City of Carlsbad Dog Park is located along the Lower Transill Reservoir, so you can enjoy river views while your dog enjoy running and playing in off-leash freedom. This park promotes pawsitive socialization for neighborhood dogs to enjoy in a safe environment. The dog park features two large fenced off areas, lots of shade and grass, and an agility course. There is drinking water available here too. When you and your good dog want a frosty treat, head over to Kaleidoscoops Ice Cream in the same neighborhood. They offer a decadent selection of colorful ice cream flavors, and 6 dog friendly outdoor tables.
Along the Pecos River in the La Huerta neighborhood, you can find a fur-tastic park that all the locals love, four-legged locals included. The Lake Carlsbad Beach Park is about 125 acres of beautiful green space to sniff and play on. The park features a scenic railroad bridge and a multi-use pathway that winds along the river. In this park, you can kick back and watch the ducks on the river, or have a picnic under shade trees. You may even be able to catch a free concert in the summer! Other features include playgrounds, barbecue grills, restrooms, and tables. Dogs are welcome as long as they stay leashed and follow proper petiquette!
For a birds eye view of the city of Carlsbad, check out the Ocotillo Hills nature trail in the neighborhood of Four Forks. This 1 mile trail runs along the hillside, with views of the desert mountains, native plants and possibly some wildlife! Once you get to the top of the trail, you can take in sweeping views of the city. The skyline is particularly beautiful at night when the entire city is lit up. Leashed dogs are welcome to enjoy the trail with you, as long as they are picked up after and don’t disturb the wildlife.
Another beautiful park along the Pecos River and the Riverwalk is the Bataan Recreation Area. This park can be found in the S Canal St / E Wood Ave neighborhood, and draws in dog walkers, nature lovers, and recreation enthusiasts. After taking a stroll along the paved, riverside pathway, you and your furry travel buddy can lounge on the large grassy areas or the boat docks. There is also a memorial in this park dedicated to all of the U.S. wars, featuring statues and memorial plaques. Another pretty little urban park in this neighborhood is located just south of here, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. This park has playgrounds, restrooms and picnic shelters. Your pupper is welcome in both of these parks, as long as he or she stays leashed. Don’t forget the waste bags and dog treats!
The southernmost lake in New Mexico can be found in the Brantley Lake State Park, in the neighborhood of Whites City in Carlsbad. This state park offers a plethora of outdoor adventures you can have with your pup! This oasis in the desert has gorgeous sunsets, stunning night skies and local flora and fauna. There are 2.6 miles of trails wandering through the state park that you can enjoy. It’s not surprising if you’ll want to stay a while in this desert nature, and fortunately this park has a campground as well! There are developed campsites with water and electricity available, and for those who like to “ruff” it, primitive shoreline and boat-in camping are available too. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout the park, as long as they get picked up after.