Black River Center for Learning


First Christian is in full partnership and support of the continued ministry and mission of the Black River Center for Learning, a retreat and conference center located approximately 15 miles south of town along the banks of the beautiful Black River. The Center offers complete retreat and conference facilities for groups large and small at affordable rates. Our close proximity to the Center, along with the church’s long-standing connections to the grounds makes this vital mission central to the heart and soul of the congregation. Our children and youth have attended church camps for generations and as adults we continue to attend special retreats, worship services, and gatherings. The center is also the primary site for the local conference of the Walk to Emmaus where many of First Christian’s members have had their walks




Black River Center for Learning 

Our Mission Is:

  1. To enliven diverse groups with full-service hospitality
  2. To offer quality programs and professional program support which generates community interaction within a common learning environment
  3. To help guests deepen their respect for the sacred in this unique desert environment, and in all people
  4. To enable guests to leave BLACK RIVER refreshed and empowered.


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Contact Information
Telephone: 575-785-2361
Fax: 575-785-2344
Address: 1159 Black River Village Road, Carlsbad, NM 88220