Carlsbad Caverns National Park Travel Guide

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Plan Your Carlsbad Caverns National Park Vacation

On the surface, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is deceptively normal—but all bets are off once visitors set foot in the elevator, which plunges 75 stories underground. The country beneath the surface is part silky darkness, part subterranean hallucination. The snaky, illuminated walkway seems less like a trail and more like a foray across the River Styx and into the underworld. Within more than 14 football fields of this netherworld are hundreds of formations that alternately resemble cakes, soda straws, ocean waves, and the large, leering face of a mountain troll.

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park Hotels

The only overnight option within the arid, rugged park is to make your own campsite in the backcountry, at least half a mile from any trail. ... Outside the...read more

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park Restaurants

Choice isn't an issue inside Carlsbad Caverns National Park because there are just three dining options—the surface-level café, the underground snack bar...read more

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