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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

4.3
World heritage site · Caves · Nature & Wildlife Tours

Popular things to do in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Big Room ©
Cave
Big Room
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour
Nature / Wildlife Tour
Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Carlsbad Caverns National Park ©
Cave
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
King's Palace ©
Cave
King's Palace
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
The canyons, cacti, and thorny bushes of the southern New Mexico desert hide one of the U.S.'s great subterranean geological wonders, Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The collection of 119 water-carved limestone caves includes the Big Room, a chamber 191 m (625 ft) wide, 78 m (255 ft) high, and 1,220 m (4,000 ft) long, brimming with massive stalactites and stalagmites. The large scale of the Big Room makes it the fifth largest cavern in North America and the 28th largest in the world. Hiking trails lead down to the caverns and an elevator provides an even more direct route. The surrounding area has been designated a wilderness area to prevent development from affecting the caves, and a 14.5 km (9 mi) loop road through the desert landscape aboveground provides a nice complement to exploration of the caves below. Make the most of your holiday in Carlsbad Caverns National Park by finding out about its attractions and choosing what to see using our United States vacation planner.

Nature in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Lion's Tail ©
Geologic Formation
Lion's Tail
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Hall of The White Giant
Geologic Formation
Hall of The White Giant
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Giant Dome ©
Geologic Formation
Giant Dome
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Slaughter Canyon Cave ©
Cave
Slaughter Canyon Cave
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Green Lake ©
Water Body
Green Lake
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Spider Cave
Cave
Spider Cave
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Bottomless Pit ©
Geologic Formation
Bottomless Pit
3.5
Duration: 2 hours
Rattlesnake Springs
Water Body
Rattlesnake Springs
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park
National Park
Guadalupe Mountains National Park Salt Flat
4.4
Duration: 8 hours
Smith Spring
Water Body
Smith Spring Guadalupe Mountains National Park
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Pinery Trail
Hiking Trail
Pinery Trail Guadalupe Mountains National Park
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Scenic Drive in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Walnut Canyon Desert Drive
Scenic Drive
Walnut Canyon Desert Drive
2.9
Duration: 2 hours

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