Rattlesnake Springs

Photo of the grassy area and large cottonwood trees at Rattlesnake Springs.
Rattlesnake Springs Picnic Area

NPS / Michael Larson

Quick Facts

Grill, Parking - Auto, Picnic Table, Restroom, Restroom - Accessible, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Toilet - Vault/Composting, Trash/Litter Receptacles, Wheelchair Accessible

Rattlesnake Springs, part of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, is a lush oasis in the desert. This riparian ecosystem features a natural spring and a large grove of cottonwood trees planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It’s an ideal place for bird watching year round.

Rattlesnake Springs is a day use area only, open during daylight hours. It includes a picnic area with shaded picnic tables and cooking grills, trash cans, and pit toilets. Swimming is not allowed in the spring.

Accessiblity: Restrooms and picnic table are available.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Last updated: April 2, 2021