Carlsbad Caverns National Park, also a world UNESCO site, is the second largest discovered natural caverns in the world. The path down (or up) takes about 1 hour to complete or the 1-minute elevator can be utilized to drop 800 meters below ground. The giant loop inside the caverns takes another hour. Compared to other caverns, there is no shortage of unique sights. As shown by the pictures below, the formations inside are more diverse than those of most other smaller caverns. Outside the caverns, view the preserved stone/clay homes built by the natives. It has a restaurant area both in the gift shop and inside the caverns. Ticket types and prices are diverse as there are three main attraction sets with mix-and-match combinations of elevator vs stairs and lone vs ranger-led. The line starts right after the park opens at 8:00 and the first elevator down starts at 8:30AM. Be sure to note the time as this area is near the time zone border of MST and CST. Make sure you leave a good amount of time for this tour, especially later during the day as there may be a wait. If you leave around dusk, be sure to stay around the amphitheater as thousands of bats fly out from the natural cave entrance at once. Just a reminder though, no photography is permitted as the cameras will frighten the creatures. As a friend once put it, “you can see the most amazing things in the world” here. Located nearby are also the Guadalupe Mountains National Park and White Sands National Monument. Be sure to see my posts for those two parks. A bit further out is the famous Area 41 town of Roswell, where aliens or US military testing was observed.