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Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance

Some pretty blooms along the path in

The path traverses back and forth and down

The cave entrance from inside looking up

Ribbons and curtains

So beautiful

Some spots go on seemingly forever

These are called Lions Tails...smooth with popcorn at the ends

Very large stalactite

The subtle lighting is really nice

More drapery

This is a huge field on the floor called "Fairy Land"

One of the largest formations in the distance

Remains of a pool

More pool remains

This area was many feet deep with water

There is still water here...see the drop rings

The center looks like a giant shell

The best shot of ribbons and draperies

Another kind of flow


An unusual formation...wink, wink

Still growing

This place is so cool

A view of the surrounding area from the cavern parking lot

Mr. Bunny says 'Hi'

After being couch potatoes for a couple of days, it was time to head out for some sight seeing. The weather has been very windy. It is not has much fun to ride the Goldwing in high winds. You get kind battered around.

Monday was still very windy so we took the car and headed for Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

White's City is a little hiccup of a town located 7 miles from the Carlsbad Caverns entrance and visitors center. It is named after Jim White who is believed to have entered the cave at the age of 16 in 1898. Jim White is credited for his conservation and exploration efforts in establishing the caverns as a National Park in 1925. The town offers souvenir shops, food and motel.

As you pass through the Chihuahuan Desert and Guadelupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico and west Texas you might never guess there are more than 300 known caves beneath the surface. The area is filled with prickly pear, chollas, sotols, agaves and scrub. It is windy and arid. The Carlsbad Caverns park contains 113 of these caves. They were formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone, creating some of the largest caves in North America.

Everybody should tour the main section of the cave, the Big Room. It is a self-guided tour with audio available. The 8.2 acre Big Room is partially wheelchair accessible with and elevator. The Natural Entrance self-guided tour is also very impressive, but it is also more difficult due to the steepness of the trail. We took the Natural Entrance tour to the Big Room. Toured the Big Room and then took the elevator back up. There are a number of ranger guided tours. Check out the web site for more information.

We thoroughly enjoyed this adventure. Nature is so amazing. We spent about 3 1/2 hours experiencing the wonder of the cave entrance and Big Room. As much as there are similarities in caves there are just as many differences. We are always glad we visited every one of these natural wonders.

On the way home, we stopped in Carlsbad City for some shopping at WalMart. When we got home, one of the several bunnies in this park stopped by to say hi to J.C. has he was unloading the car.

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