“Pic of the Week”. March 22, 2012. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

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Situated in the southwest corner of New Mexico, in the rolling Guadelupe Mountains, is a modestly sized entrance to a cave whose massive interior dimensions and wonderful formations can not be fathomed from the surface.  The place is partially known for its “bat flight” at dusk, when hundreds of thousands of bats spiral out of the cave and disperse into the desert to catch insects.

Of course I’m talking about the world famous Carlsbad Caverns National Park.  A well established trail takes you down a number of switchbacks into the cave (there’s also an elevator option but this lets you see far less), into the recesses of this huge cavern where you’re treated to a wonderland of memorable …

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The Subterrean Majesty of Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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There’s no easy way to get to the Carlsbad Caverns — it’s a pretty remote destination, in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico just north of Texas, and you’ll likely be driving most of a day to get there.  The scenery on your drive will be typical rugged U.S. southwestern desert — cacti, grass, scrub, rocks, mountains and canyons.   But the destination is very worth the effort because beneath the desert landscape lies a cool (nearly constant 56°F or 13°C) wonderland of caves and caverns.  It’s the most beautiful cave complex I’ve ever been to and the sights from the cave’s mouth to the bottom of the caverns are remarkable and very memorable!
Unlike most limestone caves in …

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