Jim White had quite a discovery on his hands when he first threw his handmade ladder down 60 feet into the belly of Carlsbad Caverns. He was a teenager in 1898 and couldn’t convince locals that there was much to the cave.
Now, we most definitely know better.
Carlsbad Caverns consists of 119 known caves interwoven into a giant underground system full of awe-inspiring limestone rock formations. The self-guided tour takes no less than two hours and the average temperature is 56 degrees.
Bring a sweater, but leave the headlamps at home; the cave is perfectly lit to guide the way but still keep the ambiance of the deep cave alive.
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