I love national parks, but as amazing as they are, I wouldn’t usually describe them as “quirky.” Carlsbad Caverns is an exception. This place is freaky. The limestone cavern goes 750 feet down into the ground, with all sorts of odd formations of stalagmites and stalactites.
When you decide to visit the caverns in southern New Mexico, you have to decide which path to take. You can take the elevator down into the Big Room or the Kings Palace room, or you can take the Natural Entrance route, where you follow an established, winding paved path down to the bottom.
Of course, we opted for the natural walking route. The entrance is intimidating as you see the dark cavern awaiting you.
It looks just as cool when you go inside and look back up. And there are indeed bats flying around.
Once you get a few feet in, the light disappears and you are guided only by dim lights along the path.
And then it was down into the cavernous spaces.
Some of the formations look like icicles.
There’s a cafe in the basement where they advertise that you can “Eat lunch 750 feet underground!!” But the food looked shoddy – it was mostly cold sandwiches and perhaps food you could microwave. We chose to eat decent food above ground rather than settling for that crap 750 feet down.
The temperature in the cave has a nice chill, at a constant 56 degrees. There is water dripping all over the place.
It’s really impressive to see formations that are thousands of years old.
Carlsbad Caverns was a fun place to visit and a nice cool environment in the middle of the desert.