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south-southwest road trip ~ carlsbad caverns national park

August 12, 2012

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a fascinating place for a couple of different reasons… the first being it’s quite possibly the Disneyland of National Parks and the second being that it’s so incredibly huge that it’s impossible to grasp.  Carlsbad is made up of over 100 caves deep in the mountains of southeast New Mexico.  It’s famous for both it’s size and it’s resident 400,000+ bats who swarm the mouth of the cave each evening of the summer in search for a dinner of tasty bugs.  Much of the park was developed early in the National Park system and before the more environmentally friendly practices of conservation that NPS enforces today.  We chose to hike through the natural entrance into the belly of the cave, but an elevator will take you directly down and drop you off in a theme park styled lobby complete with gifts shops and fast food buried 754 feet below the surface.  Paved pathways and exit signs light up your journey throughout the caves and there are even built in seating areas (amphitheater style) to stop and take in the views.  The size and scale of the main cave is impossible to comprehend and the fact that it so developed and well traveled makes the entire experience a bit surreal.   That said… it was still AMAZING!  We took a ton of pictures and still couldn’t find a way to express the feeling of the caves… my suggestion is take the long lonely drive to Carlsbad NM and check ’em out for yourself.  You won’t be disappointed.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2012 10:11 pm

    Looks amazing! I definitely want to check it out!


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