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Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad, New Mexico, United States of America

The most well-known cave attraction in the world is Carlsbad Caverns. The cave system features more than one hundred caves, with the Big Room being the top attraction. The Big Room certainly lives up to its name, the gigantic underground chamber is bigger than six football fields.

A self-guided tour of the cave can take one and a half hours, as visitors view the Painted Grotto, Rock of Ages and the Bottomless Pit, which actually does have a bottom. Along with other self-guided cave tours to enjoy there are also Ranger-guided ones to book. Carlsbad Caverns is also home to a large bat population, and during summer visitors can watch as thousands of bats leave the caves at sunset.

Other activities to try at Carlsbad Caverns National Park include hiking and scanning the night sky through a telescope, in a setting far away from city lights. Carlsbad Caverns National Park was created in 1930, it was named a World Heritage Site in 1995. The address for the Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center is 727 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad, New Mexico. Texas is not far away, to the east of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

 

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