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.
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.
Wow, what a spectacular day!