Spectacular…That’s What Carlsbad Caverns Are!

We took the Mini on a road trip Thursday to New Mexico. It was a nice ride but don’t take US highway 285. While it was interesting going through the west Texas oil fields, it can get slow behind all those trucks. $50 oil doesn’t appear to have slowed production here.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is kinda out in no-where land. It has a giant natural opening where hundreds of thousands of Mexican Free-tail bats fly out at dusk 6 months of the year. They weren’t there when we were, unfortunately. There is also an express elevator to the Big Room, which makes much of the cave handicap accessible. We decided the natural entrance would be nice. It descends 750 feet to the Big Room down a zig-zag paved path along the wall that is about 80 degrees down. Basically it’s a big hole almost straight down. The way down is a about a mile long path and has some interesting views, especially looking back up.

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While Carlsbad Caverns is not the biggest cave in the world it is very big. It is certainly the biggest and prettiest cave I’ve been to. Pictures are below.

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Iceberg rock weighs as much as a modern aircraft carrier!

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Old stairs used to be how people got into and out of the cave. Now these are kept for maintenance access.

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Wow, what a spectacular day!

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4 thoughts on “Spectacular…That’s What Carlsbad Caverns Are!

  1. Bob:

    Elizabeth and I stopped at Carlsbad a few years ago on a trip back from Florida to Seattle in my airplane. We also walked down to the big room via the natural entrance. It was quite an experience. We were there in late April and what I noticed was how dry the cave was. I wonder if you noticed the same thing or was it wetter since this is now the “rainy season”?

    Kern

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    1. Kern,
      The cave was still pretty dry. There were a few wetter areas with active drips, but not many considering the size of the cavern. One of the rangers said that the weather, in general, has been drier in recent years and the amount of water seeping into the cave has followed suit. We will be looking forward to a ride “in your airplane” when we are in your area!

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