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Carlsbad Caverns National Park - General Park Information

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a national park located in the southeastern section of New Mexico. The park is most well known for the guided and self guided cave tours of the Carlsbad cave itself. Park rangers highly encourage park visitors to see the main section of the cave where self guided tours can be taken. Visitors who do not have any health or mobility problems are also recommended to take a self guided tour of the cave's "Natural Entrance."

In addition to self-guided tours of impressive easier to access areas of the cave, guided tours for visitors of different skills levels are also available for various other parts of the cave. Some tours are a tight fit, requiring visitors to crawl on their bellies! In other sections of the cave, guide tour takers may squeeze through tight passageways and be in almost near darkness. A big adventure, these tours are not for the faint of heart or claustrophobic.

In addition to exploring the cave, travelers to Carlsbad Caverns National Park can entertain themselves by hiking and camping. The park visitor center has a variety of entertaining and educational programs for the public to enjoy on a regular basis. Also popular in the summers is watching the enormous cluster of Mexican free tail bats that reside in the cave fly of it into the summer sky every evening at dusk. Visitors who have seen this strange and beautiful sight agree that it is not to be missed if you happen to be at the Carlsbad Caverns National Park at the right time of year.

Finally, the desert landscape of Carlsbad Caverns National Park offers the ability to see the sky for miles in any direction. This makes the national park the perfect sight for full moon and "Star Party" events organized by the park. Visitors are also encouraged to enjoy viewing the night sky at their own leisure outside of organized events. The park's remote location away from city or suburban lights allows visitors to really see the stars in a way they might not be able to at home.