My husband says that Artesia has more atmosphere than Carlsbad (city). anybody have any comments on this?
If you mean by atmosphere fumes from the refinery than yes Artesia has more atmosphere.
Atmosphere as in the stench from the refinery. Don't stay in Artesia, stay in Carlsbad.
The sculptures along Artesia's main street are really worth seeing, and it's a nice little town. However, staying in Carlsbad is much closer to the Caverns. It's only about a half hour drive from Carlsbad to the Caverns, staying in Artesia would add about 3/4 of an hour to that drive.
And the stockyards! Don't forget the atmosphere (pollution) from the stockyards!
Seriously, stay in Carlsbad. Artesia has made considerable strides in improving its "atmosphere," both cultural and meteorologijcal, but the 45 minutes' driving time difference more than compensates.
None of the above ... Lodge atWhite's City ... Park's entrance ... happy trails ... carracar