Friday, July 15, 2016

Places to Visit ~ Carlsbad Caverns National Park

My daughter enjoying all of the fantastic speleothems called stalagmites {taken with my cell phone}.


Want a great place to take the whole family
on an upcoming vacation?
A place all dark, cool, and maybe a tiny bit scary inside?




A stalagmite looking like some kind of stacked ice cream cone.

Visit Carlsbad Caverns
up in the Guadalupe Mountains of
New Mexico
where mystery still surrounds the area as stories
of lost gold and Cibola still abound…
;)


Inside the Big Cavern

With no entrance fee into the park 
itself until actually signing up for a *guided tour 
or walking the caverns’ pathway by oneself 
(Entrance fee is $10 age 16 and older, 15 and under are free),
park visitors can wander the outdoor pathways
exploring native vegetation
and
listening to park rangers talk about the magic of 
the miners~of~old and stories of hidden gold.


*up to $20 for an adult, depending upon the cave tour taken ~ this fee
is in addition to the entrance fee.
  





Inside the visitors center
 kiosk placards display how the caverns were formed, 
 famous photos by well-known photographers are on-view,
and park rangers are stationed about sharing the caverns history.





Ample parking is available outside the entrance 
for cars as well as RVs, 
pull up your campers along both sides of a long, curving island
with a wide pathway meant for people to get out and stretch,
set up their picnic supplies, table and chairs.
{no overnight parking allowed; however, come and stay for the day!} 





So come and take in the
Surrounding beauty that is the caverns…
Whether above surface or below people of all ages will enjoy the 
wonders of the caves and their formations.
Stay until evening time and watch the nightly bat show 
as several species of bats fly out to feast on insects and fruit 
as the sky's golden glow fades with the setting sun.


I’ll be sharing more cavern photos
with you over
the next couple of weeks as well as
THAT SURPRISE PLACE
 I visited this week in Texas…
{still writing up that post!}
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Enjoy your summer,

Barb J


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