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Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Latest Posts, New Mexico, North America | 10 comments

Carlsbad Caverns

 

Carlsbad Caverns

 

With a name like Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico’s largest cave system is a must see. I mean it just sounds frikin’ awesome. And awesome it was, proving that New Mexico is one of those states which have more to offer than meets the eye. Carlsbad is a small national park located in the southeast corner of New Mexico and is rather unassuming on the outside. Once inside, a system of caverns the size of many 747 jets is revealed- the maps in the cave show 747s alongside the cave system to give a sense of scale and more than one could easily fit in the cave. Luckily I brought my tripod along with me and was able to get some incredible snaps before heading into the Kings Palace.

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The Kings Palace is a guided only section of the cave which still has many impressive stalactites and stalagmites intact and some cave water pools. This cave, which is some 750 feet (230m) underground was said to have been discovered in 1898 however was not proclaimed a national monument until 1923.

In early days the cave had been used for weddings and even films and as a result many areas are damaged. An in cave restaurant was even built and still stands today, however cold snacks and drinks are the only thing being served as people finally realized the damage which resulted from cooking in a cave (duh). Cooking fats and oils have now damaged large sections of the cave leaving much of it black, but if you look hard enough there are still some untouched areas.

Carlsbad

Carlsbad

Carlsbad

 

Along with these man-made additions there are full toilet facilities at the bottom level of the cave- I have no idea where the water goes. There is also a lift running from top to bottom. The cave itself is impressive in its scale and one can easily spend a full day down there but unfortunately many formations have been damaged and are not as beautiful as smaller cave systems like that of Yallingup Caves in Western Australia. Nonetheless it was interesting especially seeing the way the Americans have preserved this natural wonder. I would like to think we are far more conscious of nature these days and would no longer treat these natural wonders in the same careless manner.

Carlsbad

Carlsbad

Carlsbad

10 Comments

  1. Ardun,

    Great post. Very well done! If you would like, we would love to share your photos and this blog post on the White’s City blog. Would that be alright with you?

    Also if you enjoyed your experience while visiting White’s City we would love to hear about it!

    Thanks-

    White’s City, NM

    http://whitescity.net/

    • White City thanks I’m glad you liked it. Of course you are welcome to share this on your site provided you include a link back to my site and my name as the author and photographer.
      Sadly I did not stay in White City as we were on the move in our RV but looking at your site it is a place I wished I visited. Keep in touch and let me know when my post is up on your site 🙂

  2. With a name like Carlsbad, this place sounds and looks pretty bad-ass! My friend who now works in New Mexico has told me about this place awhile back. I’m overdue to visit her, hopefully I can definitely see this for myself.

    Glad they grew some common sense about cooking inside a cave. That’s pretty ridiculous!

    • That’s what I thought Antoinette, there are so many places in the States with cool names. That’s awesome you have a friend nearby, New Mexico has some cool places. Have fun!!
      Cooking in a cave… Hmmm… Absurd!

  3. Cool! You should visit the Grotte di Frasassi in the Italian region “Le Marche”, too! 🙂

    • Thanks Flanerie I will look this up. You never know when I may get a chance to return to Italy 🙂

  4. Great shots Ardun! We have a cave like that in Crete (actually we have many but i ‘ve only visited one)! It is definitely smaller, but it has great “history”, as in it Zeus was born and raised drinking the milk of a goat named Amalthia!

    • Sounds very interesting! I would love to see it, Greek Mythology and great natural wonders sounds perfect. What is the name of this place i would like to look it up.

  5. It’s too bad much of the cave was damaged, but it still looks beautiful! Great shots!

    • Thanks Jenna, I know it is a shame they weren’t smarter in preserving it. There are still some nice spots though.

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