Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

I would very much like to visit all 50 states in the United States. I want to visit a national park, a historic site, or some place unique from each state. One location isn’t enough to represent a state but if I had only one day to spend there, I would pick the one that leaves an unforgettable impression on me. In New Mexico, my husband choose the Carlsbad Caverns. It was a 2 hour drive from where we were staying at but boy! was it worth it. I have never been inside a big cave and this place blew my mind away. It was the ultimate Bat Cave. The smell when descending down the cave was strong but once you’re in there, you completely forget about it. They have tours while exploring the cave but due to Covid, those aren’t available. We did buy 2 headsets to hear the tour though. It does get cold as you keep going deeper and deeper, maybe about 10 degrees less than outside. While in the cave, they say to whisper and not shout. The acoustics in there are the best so even whispering sounds as if you’re talking normally.

It think it took about 1 hour to reach the resting area. There is a food court, tables to eat, a small souvenir shop, restrooms, and the elevator to go back to the surface. This is the only place you can eat and drink. Any other place is not allowed while inside the cave. After eating a sandwich and using the restrooms, we went on ahead and checked out the Big Room. I was already amazed at everything I have seen so far so I wasn’t sure what to expect in The Big Room.

I took plenty of pictures but truly, it’s something to check out personally. I felt so small being in this place.

Overall, the family loved this place. The kids had a blast. I was worried tickets would sell out since we arrived late but since we went on a Monday, we practically had the whole place to ourselves besides a couple we encountered inside the cave.  If you’re in New Mexico, definitely check this place out. You won’t regret it. 

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