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There are no accommodations within the park. The nearest recommended lodgings are 55 miles northeast in Carlsbad, New Mexico. About 65 miles south, Van Horn, Texas, is also a good base. Recently restored to its 1930s grandeur, Hotel El Capitan, 100 E. Broadway (www.hotelinvanhorn.net; tel. 877/283-1220 or 432/283-1220), is easily the most distinctive lodging near the park. Rates range from $85 to $169 for two people.

Camping

Inside the Park -- Two developed, vehicle-accessible campgrounds are in the park. Pine Springs Campground is near the visitor center and park headquarters just off U.S. 62/180. There are 19 spaces for RVs, 20 very attractive tent sites, and two group campsites. There is usually a campground host on duty. About half a mile inside the north boundary of the park is Dog Canyon Campground, accessible from N. Mex. 137. Here, there are nine tent sites and four RV sites. Although reservations are not accepted, you can call ahead to check on availability of sites (tel. 915/828-3251). Camp stoves are allowed, but wood and charcoal fires are prohibited.

The park also has 10 designated backcountry campgrounds, with five to eight sites each. Be sure to pick up free permits at the Pine Springs Visitor Center or Dog Canyon Ranger Station the day of or the day before your backpacking trip. No drinking water is available in the backcountry, and all trash, including toilet paper, must be packed out. Fires are strictly prohibited; use cookstoves only. You may camp only in designated campgrounds.

Near the Park -- The closest commercial campgrounds are across the state line in New Mexico. We recommend the facilities in the Carlsbad area, at Carlsbad RV Park & Campground, Carlsbad KOA, or Brantley Lake State Park in Carlsbad.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.