There are also no restaurants within the park. Aside from the Salt Flat Cafe, 23 miles west of the park visitor center on U.S. 62/180 (tel. 915/964-2838; open for breakfast and lunch only), the closest dining possibilities we recommend are in Carlsbad.

For picnics, you'll find a variety of stores in the city of Carlsbad, including an Albertson's grocery store, 808 N. Canal St., at West Church Street (tel. 575/885-2161), which has a well-stocked deli and bakery.

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.