Carlsbad Caverns

Created: May 5, 2018

The Carlsbad Caverns formed 250 million years ago and are located in Sothern New Mexico. People visit the Carlsbad Caverns National Park every day to see the unique rock formations. Some of them stand out quite a bit as something highly unusual. Many of these people visit these caves to be awestruck by something they think is there. Others don’t think much about it, and frequently visit the National Park.

Hours are seasonal, hiking can be steep, and permits can be obtained by visiting Carlsbad Caverns. Camping is permitted only in the backcountry. A free back-country use permit is mandatory, and must be applied for upon arrival. People traveling in groups require a special use permit. All permits may be applied for at the Visitor Center, or by visiting the National Park Website.

People have visited these caves a lot over the years and have left a rich and diverse history. The National Register of Historic Places lists this park as having two distinct districts within the perimeter: the Rattlesnake Springs Historic District and the Cavern Historic District. Preservation efforts are made well with the park museum where approximately 100 million artifacts are archived and protected.

Pets need to be on a leash six-feet long to protect them from local hazards. If you’re traveling with a dog, there is a park concessioner, Carlsbad Caverns Trading Company that runs a highly regulated day-use kennel.

Contact Information: 3225 National Parks Highway Carlsbad, NM 88220. Phone 575-785-2232.

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