From Albuquerque, take 1-40 east 59 miles to Clines Corners; turn south on US 285, and travel 216 miles to Carlsbad via Roswell (6 hr.). From El Paso, take US 62/180 east (3 hr.).
New Mexico Airlines (tel. 888/564-6119; www.pacificwings.com/nma) provides commercial service, with daily flights between Albuquerque and Cavern City Air Terminal (tel. 575/887-3060), 4 miles south of the city via National Parks Highway (US 62/180). You can rent a car from Enterprise, 609 N. Canal St. (tel. 575/887-3039); with an advance reservation they will pick you up at the airport.
The Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and the Carlsbad Convention and Visitors Bureau, both at 302 S. Canal St. (US 285), P.O. Box 910, Carlsbad, NM 88220 (tel. 800/221-1224 or 575/887-6516; www.carlsbadchamber.com), are open Monday from 9am to 5pm and Tuesday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.
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.