- 400,000 hungry bats From mid-May to late October, bats wing to and from the caverns in a swirling, visible tornado.
- Take a guided tour through the underworld Plummet 75 stories underground and step into enormous caves hung with stalactites and bristling with stalagmites.
- Living Desert Zoo and Gardens More preserve than zoo, this 1,500-acre park houses scores of rare species, including endangered Mexican wolves, Bolson tortoises, and black bears.
- Birding at Rattlesnake Springs Nine-tenths of the park's 330 bird species, including roadrunners, golden eagles, and acrobatic cave swallows, visit this green desert oasis.
- Pecos River A Southwest landmark and recreational oasis, the Pecos River flows through the heart of nearby Carlsbad.
FODOR'S GO LIST 2015
The top 25 places we think should be on every traveler's radar this year.More