After watching BBC’s Planet Earth episode on caves, John and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see Carlsbad Caverns on our first trip out west, and this National Park did not disappoint.
Although we didn’t get to see the 'Chandelier Room' or some other parts of the cave, we did see an incredible cave system. We took our time wandering through the pathways of cave, taking pictures and wondering about the creation of these magnificent rock formations.
Those thoughts were quickly halted as the park ranger told us to hurry along. The park was closing, so we snapped a few last pics, hopped on the elevator, and grabbed Maria from the kennel service.
Outside of the cave, we wandered the park property and viewed the natural entrance. The entrance was closed while we were there, but we stopped for pictures. We walked around for a little while longer, then we had to leave. The dog would have disturbed the bats when they came out at dusk.
On your way out, we recommend taking the Walnut Canyon Desert Drive loop and walking the Rattlesnake Canyon Trail. This was a beautiful snippet of nature tucked away on a hill side rife cacti and scurrying animals.
We recommend everyone check out Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the nearby Guadalupe Mountains National Park!
Outside of the cave we wandered the park property and viewed the natural entrance, which was closed when we were there, but we still stopped and took some pictures. We walked around till for a little while longer but then we had to leave because the dog would disturb the bats who come out at dusk.
On your way out we recommend taking the Walnut Canyon Desert Drive loop and walking the Rattlesnake Canyon Trail; it was a beautiful snippet of nature tucked away in the hill side with lots of cacti and little animals to look at.
We recommend everyone checks out Carlsbad Caverns National Parks and stop by the near by Guadalupe Mountains National Park – which we totally missed out on!