Carlsbad Caverns National Park
New Mexico

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park is in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico. It features more than 100 caves. The Natural Entrance is a path into the namesake Carlsbad Cavern. Stalactites cling to the roof of the Big Room, a huge underground chamber in the cavern. Walnut Canyon Desert Loop is a drive with desert views. Rattlesnake Springs, a desert wetland, attracts reptiles and hundreds of bird species.

When Visiting

If you are at the visitor’s center at the caverns looking out of the window, all you see is normal desert terrain. If you walk about 100 yards to the east along the paved path you will see the entrance to the cave. Underground is where all of the sightseeing takes place. You can take the paved trail all the way down to the bottom, or you can take the elevator that drops down approximately 700 feet. Once you are down at the bottom you will be amazed by the different formations that have developed over time. Whether it was millions of years or hundreds of thousands of years that is up for debate. One thing is for sure it is here. You will be amazed by the Stalactites, Stalagmites, Columns, Flowstone, Cave Peals, Helictites, and Aragonite Crystals just to name a few. The underground cavern is a huge area. The oblong circular path in the ‘great room’ where all the formations can be found is at the very least one mile in distance. This is a ‘must see’ national park. The summer time is packed with tourists. If you shy away from big crowds (like me) then October thru April is for you. In the evening, just before sunset, the bats put on a show by exiting the cave in mass numbers which could take up to two hours or more.

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