Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns are a National Park located in the North East region of New Mexico

The main attraction at Carlsbad Caverns is the Big Room, which stretches 8.2 acres. It is the fifth largest cave chamber in America and the 28th largest in the world.  It is about a mile long stroll through the caverns, passing features such as Bottomless Pit, Giant Dome, Rock of Ages and Painted Grotto. It is estimated that 250 million years ago the area surrounding Carlsbad Cavern served as a coastline for Inland sea. Present in the sea was a plethora of marine life whose remains formed a reef. It is thought that after the Permian period, most of the water evaporated and the reef was then buried. Years later tectonic movement caused the reef to be lifted above the ground, susceptible to erosion, water sculpted the Guadalajara Mountain range into its present day state.

Tickets to get into the caverns are $12/ per adult, and children 15 and younger are free.

To access the caves there are two choices; the natural entrances or the elevator. If you are counting on the elevator, you will want to call first, as it is occasionally down for maintenance and repairs.

The natural entrance is located near the park lobby area, and is a steep 1¼-mile descent into the caves. The walk down is very doable, but the walk back up is quite a workout. 

The parks websites recommends only doing the climb if you are in good physical condition.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
New Mexico 88220
(575) 785-2232

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