Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns National Park … in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico. The primary attraction of the park is the show cave, Carlsbad Cavern. …

Carlsbad Cavern includes a large cave chamber, (The Big Room), a natural limestone chamber almost 4,000 feet (1,220 m) long, 625 feet (191 m) wide, and 255 feet (78 m) high at the highest point. It is the fifth largest chamber in North America and the twenty-eighth largest in the world. …

"The Chandelier" in the Big Room
“The Chandelier” in the Big Room

They do a good job at Carlsbad. But the most interesting thing I learned was the existence of the much larger and more impressive Lechuguilla Cave nearby.

… with 138.3 miles (222.6 km) the seventh-longest explored cave in the world …

lechuguilla_cave_pearlsian_gulf

They are not likely to let tourists into this one in my lifetime.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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