Journey to the Center of the Earth

Journey to the Center of the Earth

After leaving Big Bend National Park we drove to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, right on the border of New Mexico. This will be my first time visiting the state when we venture to Carlsbad Caverns.

All I can say is Wow!! I’ve been in a few caves before, but nothing like this. It was truly amazing (and huge). You start at the visitor center and then follow a path where you descend the equivalent of walking down all of the floors of the Empire State Building! Where you finally arrive at the very aptly, if generically named “Big Room”

The caverns were discovered by a teenager who explored the first parts of the caverns with ropes and homemade ladders. Its just astonishing. And I think a stop that should go on everyone’s must see list as you see the wonders of our country. I think we were very lucky to visit in the COVID era as they have reduced and really control the number of visitors going into the cavern at any one time. So we were not crowded and for the most part the caves were very quiet which is a much different experience than walking through shoulder to shoulder with thousands of other visitors.

Here is a photo journey of some of our underground sights!

Descending from the Amphitheater
Descending from the Amphitheater
Trying out the iPhone dark mode
Trying out the iPhone dark mode
Looking back at the entrance
Looking back at the entrance

At the end of the tour of the Big Room we took the elevator up 750 feet to the visitor center! Amazingly the first elevator was installed in the 1930’s! It would not be the same experience to elevator down and up and were really glad we walked down.

After our adventure at Carsbad we headed back to Guadalupe and hooked up the camper to head for Las Cruces. We have juggled a couple of nights here at the end to reduce the distance for our final day of driving into Indio. We are not skipping any sights, just using our travel time a little more wisely.