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.

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Extreme Fire Danger Preventative Measures Cancelled

The extreme fire danger preventative measures at Carlsbad Caverns National Park implemented on June 1 have been cancelled due to recent precipitation combined with cooler temperatures and higher humidity.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Accessible to Public During Government Shutdown

During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, park roads, lookouts, and trails at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. The visitor center and cavern will be closed.

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.

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Chinese Theater, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Chinese Theater, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Whale's Mouth, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Whale's Mouth, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Green Tailed Towee

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Green Tailed Towee

We saw this Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) on the nature trail at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park: Beginning of the 1.25 mile (2 km) Natural Entrance Trail

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park: Beginning of the 1.25 mile (2 km) Natural Entrance Trail

The trail took us to The Big Room, 750 feet underground, and the scenery was spectacular all the way down and throughout The Big Room, which is the Caverns’ centerpiece. The trail is paved and it beats riding the elevator down unless you’re pressed for time. The trail is easy going down but a real bear going up. So we rode the elevator back to the surface.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park: The Bat Flight Sculpture in the Visitor Center

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park:  The Bat Flight Sculpture in the Visitor Center

From late-May to late-October visitors to the park may assemble at the Natural Entrance to Carlsbad Caverns (where an amphitheater has been built) and witness the bat flight. Thousands of bats fly out of the cave every evening, weather permitting, to eat insects. The sculpture commemorates that event.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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The Painted Grotto in Carlsbad Caverns.

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The Painted Grotto in Carlsbad Caverns.

The delicate stalactites hanging in the Painted Grotto are called "soda straws." Made of calcite which is colorless in its pure form, the soda straws display yellow, orange, green and brown tints which denote the presence of other minerals.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Hall of the Giants

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Hall of the Giants

Hall of the Giants, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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