Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located approximately 27 miles from the city of Carlsbad in the Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico. The rugged landscape of the Carlsbad Caverns National Park conceals 117 known caves. Three of the caves are open to public tours and the primary attraction of the park is the show cave - Carlsbad Cavern.


Carlsbad Caverns is the most famous with the most popular cavern being 750 feet below ground level. Carlsbad Cavern includes a large cave chamber, the Big Room, a natural limestone chamber which is almost 4,000 feet long, 625 feet wide, and 255 feet high at the highest point. Consisting of different rooms, such as the Balloon Ballroom, The Hall of the Giants and the King’s Palace, each and every cavern in the Carlsbad Caverns is truly wonderful. It is fully developed with electric lights, paved trails, and elevators. 


This remarkable geologic phenomenon began to take shape six million years ago. Over time, sulfuric acid ate away at the rocks, creating caves and underground passageways. Later, rainwater trickled into the caverns, leaving mineral deposits on the walls, floors and ceilings. These deposits eventually built up into dramatic rock formations such as stalactites and stalagmites. Huge rooms in random patterns, unpredictable dead-end passageways, pits and chimneys connecting different levels are the signatures of Carlsbad Caverns. 


The Carlsbad Caverns form one of the world's oldest cave systems. It is the third largest chamber in North America and the seventh largest in the world. Carlsbad Caverns is truly a fairyland, an underworld marvel whose formations stun the senses. According to National Park Service statistics, Carlsbad Caverns sees an average of 407,211 visitors every year.

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lee cooper said...
June 25, 2015 at 3:46 PM

Hi, it was very informative post.I think Carlsbad Caverns National Park is home to some of the most amazing caves in the whole of the United States. These caverns are beautiful and stunning in places, and interesting and creepy in others.

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