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  • Day70

    Carlsbad Caverns NP - NM

    April 29, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 79 °F

    Rising from the Chihuahuan Desert are the Guadalupe Mountains and underneath these mountains is Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Just behind the Visitor Center the Park staff accommodation, built in stone was totally in keeping with the landscape. The park is famous for the Brazilian Freetail Bats that migrate in the spring from Mexico to give birth in the caves. We’re too early in the year to see the main colony flying out at dusk. We booked on the Kings Palace tour and walked the 1.25 miles down through the Natural Entrance to meet the ranger at the cafe, gift shop and incredibly fully functioning toilets 800 feet beneath the surface.
    The Caverns are numerous, huge and spectacular, the photos do not do them justice. We were totally in awe of what nature has created over 260 million years since this area was a marine environment.
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