Carlsbad Caverns National Park Travel Guide
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.
The only overnight option within the arid, rugged park is to make your own campsite in the backcountry, at least half a mile... read more
Choice isn't an issue inside Carlsbad Caverns National Park because there are just three dining options—the surface-level... read more
Things To Do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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400,000 hungry bats: From mid-May to late October, bats wing to and from the caverns in a swirling, visible tornado. Take a... Read more
Backcountry camping is by permit only. No campfires allowed in the park, and all camping is hike-to. Commercial sites can be found in... Read more
Without a doubt, the park's most prominent and popular residents are Brazilian free-tailed bats. These bats have bodies that barely span a... Read more
The newest discovery in Carlsbad Caverns National Park is Lechuguilla Cave, the deepest limestone cave in the United States.... Read more
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