Hike and Bike
Black River Recreation Area
The Black River Recreation Area is 1,200 acres featuring rare species of plants, fish and reptiles, hiking, fishing and picnicking. Three trails offer an opportunity to view the rare plants and sometimes wildlife which reside around this oasis in the desert.
For More Information (http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/carlsbad/black_river.html)
Guadalupe Mountains/McKittrick Canyon
Offering a wide variety of backpacking and hiking opportunities, McKittrick Canyon is nestled in one of the most pristine wilderness areas, the Guadalupe Mountains. These trails are especially popular during the fall because of the beautiful autumn colors.
For More Information (https://www.nps.gov/gumo/index.htm)
Hackberry OHV Area
Open for intensive use of motorcycles, sand dune buggies and other Off-Highway Vehicles, the Hackberry Lake OHV Area offers more than 55,000 acres of rolling stabilized dune lands and cliffs.
For More Information (http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/carlsbad/Hackberry.html)
Trail System Map
Dune Complex Map
La Cueva Bike Trails
With 2,200 acres and more than 15 miles of maintained trails, La Cueva is a great place for mountain bikers, hikers and equestrians. The trails wind through the rolling foothills of the Guadalupe Mountains and provide an adventure for everyone.
For More Information (http://www.blm.gov/nm/st/en/prog/recreation/carlsbad/laqueva.html)
La Cueva Trail System Map
Lincoln National Forest
Encompassing part of Eddy County and three other counties, the Lincoln National Forest offers everything from desert landscapes to snow skiing. Nearly thirty recreation areas offer everything from bicycling, camping and hiking to hunting, off-highway vehicle riding and winter sports.
For More Information (http://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/lincoln/recreation)
Ocotillo Hills Nature Trail SkyLine Drive/NMSU-Carlsbad/Heritage Park
The Ocotillo Hills Nature Trail travels along the hillside between the New Mexico State University – Carlsbad and Skyline Drive. A little less than a mile, the trail is a scenic hike that allows visitors to view many native plants and sometimes even the wildlife. For More Information (http://www.cityofcarlsbadnm.com/parksrecreation.cfm)
Sitting Bull Falls
Located in a canyon in the Lincoln National Forest, southwest of Carlsbad, sits a series of waterfalls and cool ponds. Day use area only. Pavilions, picnic areas and restrooms are available as well as numerous hiking trails.
For More Information (http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lincoln/recarea/?recid=34238)