Carlsbad Caverns National Park is home to wonder both above and below the surface of the Chihuahuan Desert.
Most visitors visit this park for the cave — one of the most accessible caves in the NPS — for good reason. But stay an extra day or two and you’ll discover scenic drives, backcountry opportunities, and an amazing bat flight program.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, Cave of Wonder
- Our Video Highlights
- Our Facebook Photo Gallery
- Walk the self-guided Big Room and Natural Entrance trails
- Join a ranger-guided tour: we enjoyed the tour through King’s Palace
- Take the Walnut Canyon Desert Drive to get the lay of the land
- Hike a longer trail, like Rattlesnake Canyon
- Camp overnight — likely alone — in the park wilderness area
- Join a ranger-led strenuous Wild Cave tour
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.