There are 20 pictures that show some of the stalagmites and stalactites that are found within the Carlsbad Caverns. To take this walk without a camera would be a shame!
First discovered back in the 1800's, it was mined for guano, or bat dung.
The U.S. government realized they had a national treasure and finally bought the land and turned it into a National Park.
People used to tour the Carlsbad Caverns with head lamps, and the trip was about 6 hours - including many flights up and down ladders.
Today there's a path, with rails and artificial lights to lead the way.
A marvelous site to behold.
The temperature inside the Carlsbad Caverns remains in the 50's, no matter the temperature outside. So, if you are easily chilled, a sweater might be in order.
Stalagmites and stalactites abound within the Carlsbad Caverns, along with huge structures built from the dripping waters from the ceilings.
At night, there is an auditorium where visitors can watch thousands of bats leave to feast on the many insects located just outside the caverns.
Inside there's a visitor's area. Here, you can rent a video for either the 1 hour or 3 hour walking tour.
There are also tours led by Park Rangers, that give the visitor a better understanding of the history of the caverns and the geological make-up of the caverns and surrounding areas.
I hope you enjoy the photographic tour.
If you ever travel the southwest of the U.S., it would be a shame to pass up one of the true treasures of the Federal Park System.