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City of Carlsbad

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  • Day14

    Carlsbad Caverns

    November 1 in the United States

    Headed east from El Paso for a few hours of driving, then turned north back into New Mexico from Texas. Time for our first World Heritage site on the west coast - Carlsbad Caverns! First on the agenda was lunch from the cafeteria, which was really tasty Mexican food at a good price, so we were quite happy with that.

    We opted for the "natural entrance" route into the Caverns - a two hour downhill hike which was very impressive. We arrived at the main chamber which is enormous, though only the fifth-largest in the world or something, but still quite a sight to behold. The whole interior of the cave was covered with stalagtites, stalagmites, jellyfish rocks, and various other things. I've seen decorated caves before, and large caves before, but never quite such an impressive combination. A great stop all up.

    Back to the car where we drove north to Roswell, the infamous site of a "UFO" crash in 1947. It was of course actually a weather balloon, but covered up by the government since the weather balloon was observing nuclear tests. Lots of alien kitsch around as you'd expect.

    In the evening Shandos realised that our next stop, Taos Pueblo, which we'd planned to visit the day after tomorrow, was actually going to be closed! It's still an active Native American community and they close for feasts, funerals etc. So our only option really was to drive for six hours up there, have a look around, then the two hours drive back to Santa Fe and have the following day off. Yikes. But at least Shandos checked - the alternative would've really sucked!!
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  • Day19

    carlsbad caverns national

    January 30, 2017 in the United States

    So rode elevator down and hiked out. Wow. Highly recommend the Kings Palace tour. Now to go back down and enjoy the standard stuff. Fantastic 3 miles of cave hiking and never had to crawl once. The bunny joined me this morning for breakfast. There actually were 3 of them but only one posed for the photo.

  • Day2

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park

    July 2, 2016 in the United States

    "The Natural Entrance Trail is a steep 1¼-mile (2 km) descent, equivalent to about 79 stories, from the cave entrance to the Big Room. This approximate one-hour tour is recommended only for those in good physical condition."

    Holy crap! I need an "I survived the Carlsbad Natural Entrance Trail" sticker! We got there right before they opened, which was awesome, because we had the caverns almost to ourselves. When we were leaving, the place was packed!Read more

  • Day44

    United States

    February 17, 2016 in the United States

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park.... Unbelievable!
    We definitely got our exercise in today. The elevators are out of order so 1.25 mi descent/ascent to the cave entrance from the visitors center with a 20% grade... well worth it. Kind of surreal finding a gift shop and restrooms 750 ft underground. The photos really don't show how enormous the Big Room is. 6.2 football fields could fit into it and it's 255 ft high at its highest point.Read more

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