Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Beauty and Wonder; Above and Below

About Carlsbad Caverns

Water molded this underworld four to six million years ago. Some 250 years ago, the region lay underneath the inland arm of an ancient sea. By the time the sea withdrew, the reef stood hundreds of feet high, later to be buried under thousands of feet of soil. Some 15 to 20 million years ago, the ground uplifted. Naturally occurring sulfuric acid seeped into cracks in the limestone, gradually enlarging them to form a honeycomb of chambers. Many years passed before the cave decoration began. Then the limestome-laden moisture built an extraordinary variety of glistering formations.


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What there is to see at Carlsbad Caverns.

At Carlsbad Caverns you are invited to go see the cave with a self guided tour or with an instructor. You can also go hiking or backcountry camping at Carlsbad Caverns. You can also attend programs in the Visitor Center to watching the incredible exodus of Mexican Free-tailed bats out of Carlsbad Cavern at dusk in the summer.


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