Carlsbad’s location in southeastern New Mexico, along the banks of the Pecos River, places it within the sunny Chihuahuan Desert and Pecos River Valley. As part of Eddy County—and as its county seat—Carlsbad is afforded a multitude of convenient transit options, afforded by car, bus and air.
Several state and U.S. highways wind in and around the city—notably, U.S. 285 and U.S. 62/180. Commuters also take advantage of public transportation options through the Carlsbad Municipal Transit System (CMTS). CMTS’s service extends throughout the City of Carlsbad and into adjacent communities within Eddy County. Approximately 2,000 people each month utilize CMTS’s public dial-a-ride service, which is equipped with 18 Maxi Vans (14 are equipped with handicapped lifts). While the service is open to the general public, it is primarily used by seniors, persons with disabilities, students and the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. CMTS is an affordable alternative, offering a current fare of $1.00 per trip, per person. Greyhound bus service is also available.
Regional air travel is offered through the Cavern City Air Terminal. New Mexico Airlines is housed here. The Roswell International Air Terminal is located one hour from Carlsbad and is serviced by American Eagle, offering non-stop flights daily from Dallas Fort Worth. Midland International, Lubbock International and El Paso International Airports are all located within approximately three hours from Carlsbad.