Monday, January 18, 2021

Carlsbad Caverns, NM

ODOMETER: 83,078 | MILES TRAVELED: 5,133

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by Jana

Today was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, so JacK and Stellie didn’t have school. We took advantage of this and visited the Carlsbad Caverns.

Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico is another breathtakingly beautiful place, impossible to convey through video or photos. Marine fossils found here indicate that it was once part of an ancient underwater reef called Capitan Reef. The caverns were forged by sulfuric acid—not water erosion, as is the case with most limestone caves. The temperature in the caverns holds steady at 56 degrees Fahrenheit. They are home to Mexican free-tail bats and as many as 300,000 of them billow out of the caverns each night. Carlsbad Caverns National Park has about 120 known caves at this time. 

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The Carlsbad Cavern is about 30 miles and is the largest, readily accessible cave chamber in North America. The largest cave is Lechuguilla Cave, which is about 140 miles and 1,604 feet deep. This cave is not open to the public. 

One of the park rangers told us that there are formations so delicate in there that they can be damaged by breathing on them. Carlsbad Caverns is a must-see once in a lifetime experience.

Carlsbad Caverns is a must-see once in a lifetime experience.

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