Carlsbad Caverns National Park

By: Drew Orman

Introductory

Do we have a real Jurassic Park the United States? Can you imagine being able to look at over 1,000,000 different species that have been preserved from the beginning of time. Carlsbad Caverns has this gem to offer. Carlsbad Caverns is a huge and amazing park that brings visitors from all over the world. It became the 8th wonder of the world and is truly a natural beauty that everyone should see.

Carlsbad Caverns is located in Carlsbad, New Mexico. According to the National Park Association, it is one of over 300 limestone caves in a fossil reef laid down by an inland sea 250 to 280 million years ago. The caverns are 158,400 feet. In other words, it is 30 miles deep. That is Titanic in size.
Jim White found the caverns in 1898. No one believed he found something so extravagant, if anything at all. What he found was the 8th wonder of the world. He was 16 years old and traveled the cave for 3 days. They thought it looked like an alien landscape. It was large and capacious. Carlsbad Caverns has been placed on the National Historic Registry. It dates back to prehistoric times and shows the adaptations of the land and the strong diversity it holds. The American Indians and early explorers have all left their trademark on the area.
The caverns have very detailed and are comprised with beautiful formations. The formations are called speleothems. Inside Carlsbad Caverns is a place called The Hall of Giants. It is a 4,000 foot long cave that is 350 feet high. The different caves are all very unique. Some are very deep, some make mysterious sounds, and there is even a bottomless pit to look into.
The wildlife in this area are: mammals, insects, reptiles, and birds. Including 17 different species of bats. Camping there is pretty fun too. There is no campground, so only back country camping is allowed with a permit. As you can see, Carlsbad Caverns are really cool.
Carlsbad Caverns is one of the most visited places in the country according to Roadtrippers. It is a place that cannot be seen in one day because of the many different caves to explore and how long it takes you to walk them. With all of the natural beauty inside the cave, it is no question as to why it is referred to as a natural wonder. Visiting the caverns would be truly unforgettable.

Myth

One day, Jim White was in his log cabin. He was a chemist that loved to make a mess. He was one of the men that discovered chemicals. Back in the days of 1889, people didn’t really know about chemicals. His most important project was to make a living chemical. He was almost done mixing all of his chemicals when his grandfather clock struck 12:00 pm. He said, “What a day. I’ll go to sleep and finish this in the morning.” That night, there was a terrible thunder storm. The thunderstorm picked up the roof to his science lab, and he slept through it. Thunder struck his experiment. His experiment started foaming. It started getting bigger, and bigger, then boom! The test tube shattered. Jim woke with the noise. “What was that?” he thought. He walked into the lab. Everything was dripping wet. He looked over at the test tube and it was all broken. There was no chemical left inside. Then he saw his front door was wide open. He stepped outside, and saw a trail of slime going toward Carlsbad Mountains. As he left, he picked up his archery set. What he saw by the mountain was jaw dropping. It was the color of his experiment, big and huge. It was a glob with eyes, a nose, and a mouth. As the glob saw Jim, it started to squeal. It was so loud that he wanted to go back to his cabin and cover his ears with his pillow. He took his bow and an arrow and let that arrow fly. As it hit the glob, the glob made a huge explosion causing a tremendous hole in the side of Carlsbad Mountains. It soaked inside the mountains causing deep holes and huge caverns. It was so colorful and very detailed. That is how the caverns originated.