Carlsbad Caverns

We went to Carlsbad Caverns several times over the course of a week.  We took two trips into the main cavern, and a special tour to Spider Cave.  Right now the main cavern is only accessible by the natural entrance as their elevators are currently broken.  We enjoy hiking so we would’ve taken the natural entrance either way.  The mile walk in is about a 750′ descent.  All the rangers warned us – you have to come back up everything you go down.

A 200,000 ton rock that fell from the ceiling some time ago, Iceberg Rock.
A 200,000 ton rock that fell from the ceiling some time ago, Iceberg Rock.
Hall of Giants – Giant Dome on the left turned into a column and is 62′ tall. Twin Domes on the right are 58′ tall stalagmites.
Another perspective on the “Hall of Giants”
A couple of "Lions Tails" just hanging around....
A couple of “Lions Tails” just hanging around….
The Natural Entrance……. Actually, it was the old entrance to the lower cave. There is a tour you can take through the lower cave but they no longer use this ladder.
The Resident Cave Man
Close up of Cave Man
A collection of stalactites.
More stalactites.
Notice the people in the foreground.
Tara posing next to a still growing stalagmite. There is a nice pool of water behind it.
Tara posing next to a still growing stalagmite. There is a nice pool of water behind it.
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A collection of soda straws.
Soda straws are basically hollow stalactites. They are very fragile and can break at the slightest touch. You can also see some draperies on the right which are hanging sheets of calcite.

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Another massive stalagmite.

Michael marveling at the wonders of the caverns.
Tara posing for a picture.
For a sense of scale you can see some people along the rail on the right side.
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Tara trying to escape the cave-in…… Not really.

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Once in the Big Room, it took us about 90 minutes to check everything out in the cavern.  They do have a snack bar, but it consisted mostly of meat/cheese sandwiches.  We brought our own food down, but you can only eat it in the dining area of the cave.

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8 thoughts on “Carlsbad Caverns”

  1. Nice! Are these shot with flash or without? (I would assume they would say no flash, but just wondered!) I went to two caverns in California MANY years ago (long before you were breathing on our dusty planet), but that was it.

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    1. They are all without flash except for the one where Tara’s next to the stalagmite. I found the flash gave everything a reddish tint. If you get a chance to go to Carlsbad I would check it out. Some amazing features.

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