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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Stalagmites in the Hall of Giants

Stalagmites act as silent sentinels in the Hall of Giants section of Carlsbad Caverns

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Not all national parks rely on the beauty of the landscapes to attract viewers. In fact, this national park boasts some of the world’s most amazing attractions underground.

Located in the heart of the Guadalupe Mountains, Carlsbad Caverns contains an underground network of caves and fascinating rock formations that were formed over 500,000 years ago. Be your own guide, wandering the caves alone and take in the stalactites sticking out from the ceilings of the caves as well as the stalagmites and helictites, all created by water dripping slowly on the cave floor. For a more informative experience, take a guided tour to learn more about the cave’s geology and history.

Be sure to sign up for the "Bat Flight Program" – perhaps one of the most memorable experiences for the family. Carlsbad Caverns are home to hundreds of thousands of bats and this program is coordinated with their schedules so you can experience them firsthand. Afterwards, take the family over to Rattlesnake Springs - an ideal locale for barbequing, picnicking, and bird watching.

Worried when to visit? Don’t be. The temperature underground stays at 56° F year-round.

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