Guadalupe Back Country Byway


  • DesignationState Byway, BLM
  • LocationNM
  • Length30 miles
Statewide Byway Partners
New Mexico Department of Transportation
New Mexico Tourism Department
Guadalupe Back Country Byway


Twelve miles north of Carlsbad in the Chihuahuan Dessert, this byway ascends about 3,00 feet into the Guadalupe Mountains. The terrain gets rugged quickly and views include prickly pear and sotol growing out of the limestone outcroppings. Beneath the surface are caves of unlimited beauty that draw scientists and spelunkers. The Sitting Bull Recreation Area is to the south where springs feed a 200’ waterfall. The road continues through southern New Mexico and into Texas.

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