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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

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The Guadalupe Mountains span the Texas/New Mexico border and rise to heights of 8,749 feet, giving rise to rocky peaks and scenic valleys. Carlsbad Caverns National Parks consists of a tract of the Guadalupe Mountains that's so riddled with underground caves and tunnels as to be virtually hollow. Before you decide to go, however, be sure to grasp that the the park is a long way away from anything else.

This beautiful wonderland is now a walk-in gallery, where tourists come to marvel at its intricate limestone structure. Though the summer crowds can be pretty intense, coming to Carlsbad is fun. The central attraction is the main cave, Carlsbad Cavern. Direct elevators drop to the Big Room, which is filled with stalactites, stalagmites and countless shapes of swirling liquid rock. Most visitors take an hour or so to complete the reasonably level trail around the Room's perimeter.

Other attractions include the 9.5 mile Walnut Canyon Scenic Drive through the nearby desert. Longer cave tours explore less accessible caves such as the Hall of the White Giant and Spider Cave. The two hour tour of Slaughter Canyon Cave is another unique feature. Also visit the Bat Cave to witness a spectacle of spiraling Mexican free-tailed bats.

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