Carlsbad is the county seat of Eddy County, New Mexico, United States. As of the
2010 census, the city population was 26,138.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in the Guadalupe Mountains, a mountain
range that runs from west Texas into southeastern New Mexico. Elevations within
the park rise from 1,095 meters (3,595 feet) in the lowlands to 1,987 meters
(6,520 feet) atop the escarpment. Though there are scattered woodlands in the
higher elevations, the park is primarily a variety of grassland and desert
shrubland habitats. The Chihuahuan Desert is the largest and wettest of the
North American deserts. Most of this desert is in Mexico, but the park is one of
the few places where it is preserved and protected. The park averages more than
36.6 cm (14.4 in) of annual precipitation and has a semiarid, continental
climate with mild winters, warm summers, and summer rains. The mean annual
temperature is 19Р’С”C (63Р’С”F).
With well over 300 days of sunshine each year, Carlsbad is a mecca for outdoor
activities! There are over 1,400 acres of parks within the City of Carlsbad.
This includes neighborhood parks, youth sports complexes, shooting ranges, and
swimming, walking paths, golf, tennis and racquetball along the Pecos River.
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