Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park,

46,766 acres (18,940 hectares), SE N.Mex., in the Guadalupe Mts.; designated a national park in 1930. These connecting limestone caves, with remarkable stalactite and stalagmite formations and huge chambers, began forming 60 million years ago as groundwater started dissolving the rock. The caverns, among the largest in the world, were discovered c.1900 and still have not been completely explored. The temperature of the caves remains constant at 56°F; (13.3°C;). Seven miles (11.3 km) of trail are electrically lighted. The Big Room, 754 ft (230 m) below the surface, is the most majestic of the many chambers; its perimeter is c.1 1-4 mi (2 km) long. Each evening during the spring, summer, and fall, the countless bats that inhabit the cave swarm out to feed on insects. The park also contains 76 other separate caves. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Address:3225 National Parks Hwy
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Phone:505-785-2232
Fax:505-785-2133
Web: www.nps.gov/cave/
Size: 46,766 acres.
Established: Proclaimed Carlsbad Cave National Monument on October 25, 1923; established as Carlsbad Caverns National Park on May 14, 1930; designated a World Heritage Site on December 9, 1995.
Location:In southeastern New Mexico. Accessible by way of US 62/180 from either Carlsbad, New Mexico (23 miles to the northeast) or El Paso, Texas (150 miles to the west). A scenic seven-mile entrance road leads from the park gate at Whites City to the visitor center and cavern entrance.
Facilities:Picnic area, rest rooms (é), restaurant/snacks, visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, backcountry trails (50+ miles).
Activities:Camping, hiking, self-guided and guided cave tours, auto touring.
Special Features:Established to preserve Carlsbad Cavern and numerous other caves within a Permian-age fossil reef, the park contains 113 known caves, including Lechuguilla Cave—the nation's deepest limestone cave at 1,567 feet and third longest. From early spring through October, nearly 400,000 Mexican free-tail bats call Carlsbad Caverns home and visitors can watch the evening bat flight from the outdoor amphitheater at the cave's natural entrance.

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ON A SUNNY AFTERNOON LAST JULY, Steve West, a fit man in his 60s with a mustache, white hair, glasses, and a quick smile, loitered about the visitor center at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.
For more information write to Superintendent, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad, NM 88220.
asks Pam Cox, chief interpretive ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
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For the last 10 years, Holladay and her fellow instructors have done volunteer restoration work at Carlsbad Caverns.
With Carlsbad Caverns park rangers starring with them, they talked about the history of the caverns, the formations, and animals living in the caves and in the desert.
According to the report, titled "Collateral Damage: How the Bush Administration's Repeal of the Roadless Rule Threatens National Parks," President Bush's decision to open forests for the purposes of logging, road building, and oil and gas drilling and other commercial uses "exposes to devastation" millions of acres near or bordering such national parks as South Dakota's Badlands National Park, New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Yosemite National Park.
But then they decided to camp in the desert back country of New Mexico's Carlsbad Caverns national park.
Scientists simply wanted to find out how spectacular caves in New Mexico - the Carlsbad Caverns and the Lechuguilla Canyon system - were formed.
Carlsbad Caverns and Lechuguilla Canyon are two of the most magnificent natural rock formations in the world.
Kodikian told investigators that Coughlin pleaded with him to end his pain after the two got lost and ran out of water while camping in the backcountry of Carlsbad Caverns National Park in south-eastern New Mexico.