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  • If you choose to stay in a hotel, I would recommend looking in the town of Carlsbad

    • by mwaters

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      Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, is a wonderful destination. I have been several times and have just come back from a weekend spent there with my boyfriend and his son. This is a great family vacation spot if you are in the area.

      A must-see is the evening bat flight program. Carlsbad Caverns is home to over a million bats (don’t worry, you won’t see them as you tour the caverns).

      The park has a program where you sit in the amphitheater and listen to a talk by

      a park ranger all about the bats and their history in the park. Just at dusk the bats come swirling out of the natural entrance like a huge whirlwind and take off across the desert.

      It’s an awesome sight! You can call ahead and listen to a recorded message about what time the program takes place each night. Don’t miss the bat flight!

      There are several tours through the caverns, both ranger-guided and self-guided.

      We took the two self-guided tours, which go together very well. The ...

      • trails in the caverns are paved and have handrails.

        The trails are not designed for baby strollers as they are very steep. There are good descriptions of the various trails on the park website, which describe how strenuous each trail is.

        We did the Natural Entrance tour and the Big Room tour, totaling about 2. 5 miles and probably 2 hours of walk time.

        The caverns are a constant 56 degrees so bring a sweater even in the summer! I have not done a guided tour but would

        like to. As of this writing the park fees are $6 per adult and $3 for children under 15.

        The ranger-guided tours are extra. The bat flight program is free.

        The park itself has several hiking trails and campsites so there is plenty to do in addition to the caverns. If you choose to stay in a hotel, I would recommend looking in the town of Carlsbad.

        The closest accommodation is White’s City, which is horrible. You can read my separate review of White’s City elsewhere on this site.

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