Pecos river Recreation Area
Great adventures await at the Pecos River Recreation Area, located in the heart of downtown Carlsbad. Enjoy boating , waterskiing and fishing on Lake Carlsbad, where you can rent kayaks and paddle boats or set out on a boat tour. You'll find plenty of picnic areas, parks, golf courses and a lakeside walkway that meanders for nearly five miles. The area also offers tennis and racquetball courts, along with plenty of playgrounds with grills available for use.
Located along Park Dr., Carlsbad, NM 88220
Cool off at the Carlsbad Water Park, a fun family spot on the shores of the Pecos River. Ride the twin speed slides and the 50-foot-tall slide known as “Big Blue,” then take a leisurely float in the lazy river pool. The park includes a zero entry children's play area as well as locker rooms.
Open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, Tuesday through Sunday, from 11am to 6pm. Hours will be adjusted mid August-September $5 admission; those under 4 and over 61 get in for free!
Location: 708 Park Drive, Carlsbad, NM 88220
The Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area is a rare gem in the hot desert, this oasis offers cool pools of water and the awesome Sitting Bull Falls. Day-use area only. Pavilions, picnic tables, water, and restrooms provided. Access to many trails can be found from this site.
From US285 north of Carlsbad, turn west onto NM137. Continue on NM137 for about 20 miles until you find County Road 409. Turn right on this road and continue. The Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Site is at the end of this road.
Daytime Use Fee:
- $5 per vehicle, up to ten people
- $10 per vehicle, 10+ people
- Free entry with Senior/Golden Age/Access/America the Beautiful
Brantley Lake State Park
By day, Brantley Lake State Park is a popular spot for boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. At night, however, the focus turns to the skies, where stunning sunsets and a canopy of stars take your breath away.
Located less than 20 miles from Carlsbad, this southernmost lake in New Mexico is a great spot for hiking, bird watching, picnicking and camping.
Carlsbad has TWO SPLASH PADS!!
1. Bob Forrest Youth Sorts Complex (open Mon-Sat 9am until the final game ends)
2. Carlsbad Beach Area off of Park Drive near the bandshell (open 7 days a week 8am to 8pm)