The main section of the park, with the visitor center and entrance to Carlsbad Cavern, is about 30 miles southwest of the city of Carlsbad by way of U.S. 62/180 and N. Mex. 7. From Albuquerque, drive east on I-40 for 59 miles to Clines Corners, then turn south on U.S. 285 for 216 miles to the city of Carlsbad. For the caverns, continue southwest 23 miles on U.S. 62/180 to White's City, and go about 7 miles on N. Mex. 7, the park access road, to the visitor center. From El Paso, drive east 150 miles on U.S. 62/180 to White's City, then 7 miles on N. Mex. 7 to the visitor center.

The Nearest Airport -- Air travelers can fly to Cavern City Air Terminal (tel. 575/887-3060), at the south edge of the city of Carlsbad, which has commercial service from Albuquerque on New Mexico Airlines (tel. 888/564-6119; www.flynma.com), plus Enterprise car rentals.

The nearest major airport is El Paso International (tel. 915/780-4749; www.elpasointernationalairport.com), in central El Paso, Texas, just north of I-10, with service from major airlines and car-rental companies.

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