The Famous Carlsbad C
If you have heard the name "Carlsbad" before, it may be because you know of Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which is located just a few miles outside of the Caverns' namesake city. The main attraction of Carlsbad Caverns is its huge natural limestone chamber, so large, in fact, that it is not only one of the largest natural caves in America, but also in the entire world. Visitors can see this natural wonder all year round, and even though they can enter the cave on foot for some exercise, it is also accessible to disabled folks thanks to an elevator.
Local Higher Learning
Another asset that makes Carlsbad a true desert oasis is the availability of quality higher education in the city. New Mexico State University has a campus in Carlsbad that serves as a community college for the area. Unlike the New Mexico State University main campus, the Carlsbad campus does not offer four-year degrees. However, earning an associate's degree at the Carlsbad campus can lead to transfer to a four-year program at the main campus. Locals can take career development classes at the NMSU Carlsbad campus as well, so even if you have a bachelor's, you can still continue your education here.
Without knowing much about Carlsbad, you can probably guess, based on its location in southern New Mexico, that the city is in the desert. So how did it come to be developed? Well, Carlsbad is actually lucky to have the Pecos River run through it, making this a logical site for human settlement. The first white settlers arrived here in the late 1800s, and Carlsbad finally surpassed 2,000 citizens in 1918. At this point, Carlsbad was officially named a New Mexico city. The Pecos has long served as Carlsbad's centerpiece, providing early irrigation opportunities for farmers.