EXCURSIONS SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO
Bring a light jacket; below
ground, the temperature is
a consistent 56 degrees F.
Also, comfortable non-slip
footwear is a must.
Located in the Chihuahuan Desert on the beautiful Pecos River, Carlsbad, also called
the Cavern City, has it all: natural wonders, beautiful scenery, and outdoor fun.
Carlsbad has a number of fun attractions. Outdoor lovers will find city parks, lakes, and hiking trails, along with Carlsbad
Caverns National Park, located just 20 miles
southwest of the city. To get the most out of
your visit, put this beautiful underground
palace on your must-see list.
Sometimes referred to as “the Grand
Canyon with a roof on it,” Carlsbad Caverns
isn’t your average hole in the ground. Formed
over millions of years and still evolving
today, the vast and ancient cave system is a
geological wonder, famous for the enormous
size of its grand cavern and the abundance
and beauty of
its mineral rock
119 known caves,
including the most frequently visited Big
Room, which is the size of eight football fields.
The map of the caverns covers 30 miles, but
parts are still unexplored. A new chamber,
Halloween Hall, was discovered just three
years ago, on Oct. 31, 2013.
Tourists in the early 1900s visited the
Big Room by descending thousands of feet in an
old mining bucket. Today, you take a 75-story
elevator or hike the steep switchback trail.
The caves are the summer home for thousands
of Brazilian free-tailed bats. Plan your visit
between May and October and stay till sunset
for the show, when clouds of bats pour out of the
caves for their nightly hunt. nps.gov/cave