New Mexico’s ‘underrated’ national parks offer unique experiences

Sprawling dunes, magnificent cave features and the highest point in Texas are all available to visitors in the southeast New Mexico region.

White Sands National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park all offer unique vistas for travelers from around the country who make the journey to the remote areas where they reside.

These three parks don’t have the visitation of the more famous Yosemite National Park in California or Arkansas’ renowned Hot Springs National Park, yet data shows southern New Mexico’s offerings are treasured by visitors above their more famous counterparts in the National Park Service.

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A recent study by travel blog Park Sleep Fly listed the most “underrated” national parks in the U.S., considering visitation numbers from 2020 along with ratings on popular tourism site Trip Adviser.