Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Rocky slopes and canyons, cactus, grass, thorny shrubs, and the occasional tree, who could guess at the hidden treasures deep underground? Beneath this rugged land are more than 119 known caves all formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Info


Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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News

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Adopts Report Recommendations to Mitigate Radon

The National Park Service is implementing an action plan at Carlsbad Caverns National Park to reduce the potential of radon exposure of park employees and visitors. The action plan includes monitoring for employee hours in the caverns, training employees about the exposure risks of radon and seeking engineering support for recommended modifications to the visitor center. The park is safe for visitors.

Tourism to Carlsbad Caverns National Park Creates $34 Million in Economic Benefits

A new National Park Service report shows that 466,000 visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 2018 spent $30.2 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 405 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $34 million.

Update: Carlsbad Caverns National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

As of March 21, 2020, the cavern and visitor center, including the gift shop, restaurant, and bookstore, are closed until further notice. In addition, ranger-guided tours have been cancelled. Park roads, desert trails, and picnic areas will remain open.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Photos

Hollywood version

rovingmagpie posted a photo:

Hollywood version

Last shot from the caverns and I couldn't resist messing with it a little. This is the Hollywood version, where everything is dangerously pointed and the orcs and trolls compete for the most succulent of the tourists...
Look out behind you!

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Day 9: Back to Carlsbad Caverns to see the stuff we missed two days ago.

a shady spot for lunch

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a shady spot for lunch

Eight hundred feet below the desert and there's plenty of shade to be found. But if you're the slightest bit claustrophobic, don't forget your anti-anxiety meds.
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Day 9: Back to Carlsbad Caverns to see the stuff we missed two days ago.

people for scale

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people for scale

They're in there, watching the show.
You can probably see the stalagmites growing right before your eyes, if you can hang out for a few thousand years. Or so.
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Day 9: Back to Carlsbad Caverns to see the stuff we missed two days ago.

this is a big room

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this is a big room

Much of the magic was in how the caverns were lit. Floodlighting with no emphasis on the elements would have had much less impact. This is an art.
Here we present a brief photo tour of Carlsbad Caverns.
Pictures can't do the place justice, you have to see it for yourself. We missed a bit the first day so we did a day elsewhere then went back in to finish it.

blue light

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blue light

helps the people find their way around, helps us find the people.
Red lights were popular too, I'd guess they wouldn't kill your dark vision too badly.
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Day 7: Carlsbad Caverns

leaving the sunshine, in we go...

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leaving the sunshine, in we go...

Day 7: we moved camp from Bottomless Lakes to Brantley Lake, then dropped into Carlsbad Caverns.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA - 1978.

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA - 1978.

John Mac & Peter Charlton @ Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA - 1978.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA - 1978.

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA - 1978.

John Mac & Peter Charlton @ Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA - 1978.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA - 1978.

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA - 1978.

Derek, Peter, Allison & John Mac @ Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA - 1978.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA - 1978.

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA - 1978.

John Mac & Peter Charlton @ Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA - 1978.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA - 1978.

John Mac 2011 UK posted a photo:

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA - 1978.

John Mac & Peter Charlton @ Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico, USA - 1978.

Exploring Carlsbad Caverns!

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Exploring Carlsbad Caverns!

The path leading into Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.

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The path leading into Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico.

100,000

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100,000

"They were us."

Carlsbad Caverns

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Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns

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Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns

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Carlsbad Caverns

I don't quite remember the geology behind this tilted flowstone curtain. I think maybe there's a constant air current.

Snow-covered Christmas Tree Carlsbad Caverns NM (purchased slide).jpg

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”Eternal Kiss“ Carlsbad Caverns NM (purchased slide).jpg

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Crystal Spring Dome Carlsbad Caverns NM (purchased slide).jpg

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