Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The entrance to the caverns with the path doing switch backs down to the natural entrance to the cavern

Visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a truly mesmerizing experience. The park is home to one of the world’s largest cave systems, with over 119 caves to explore. The most popular attraction is the Carlsbad Cavern National Park with photos, which features massive chambers and stunning formations like stalactites, stalagmites, and columns. The cavern can be accessed by walking down a winding path, or by taking an elevator down into the depths of the earth. Exploring the caverns is like venturing into another world, and it’s a must-see destination for anyone who loves natural wonders.

Lorna standing with giant green aliens at White city New Mexico

From our campsite at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, we drove the 35-mile drive back to White’s City the next day and into Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

When we were there in March it wasn’t very crowded however you do need a reservation to enter the Cavern for the Self Guided Tour. You can get the reservations here. We have been in 4 other cave systems and this was by far the largest. For the start of this road trip go to

Along the Southern Border

The Natural Entrance

We took The Natural Entrance Trail down. As you can see there are switchbacks down into a long cool tunnel that leads to the first gallery.

The Natural Entrance Trail to Carlsbad caverns winding down the slope at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Walking the Big Room Trail in Carlsbad Caverns is a truly incredible experience. The trail leads through one of the world’s largest underground chambers, with stunning rock formations, stalactites, and stalagmites. While exploring, we encountered unique features like the Bottomless Pit and Giant Dome, leaving us in awe. The trail is well-lit and easy to navigate, making it accessible to visitors of all ages and abilities. Walking the Big Room Trail is a must-do activity when visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park with awesome photo opportunities. At the end of the tour, we took the elevator back to the surface and had a nice drive back to the campground.

Lorna’s Tips and Lessons

Most Caverns and Caves are now following established nationwide protocols to prevent the spread of White Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease that is killing bats. They request that if you have been in another cave or mine since 2005 you do not wear or bring any of the same clothes or shoes as on your other cave trips. I don’t remember what I wore last year but acknowledge I tend to wear a comfortable pair of hiking boots until they are falling apart. Therefore, there is a good chance they have been worn in another cavern. That is not the case with my walking shoes. Therefore, when going to caverns, pack a newer pair of good walking shoes. If going to more than one cavern, pack an extra pair (which is not a bad idea for many reasons).

On to White Sands National Park

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