Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a part in the US which is located in the southeastern part of New Mexico in Guadalupe Mountains. The prominent attraction of the park for majority of the visitors is the show cave, Carlsbad Caverns. Visitors can explore the cave on their own facilitating the natural entrance, or use the elevator (the exit for everyone) directly to the Underground Lunchroom which is almost 750 feet (230 m) underneath.

Facts and Features about Carlsbad Caverns

The park manifests two entries on the National Register of Historic Places - the Rattlesnake Springs Historic District and The Caverns Historic District. Almost two thirds of the park has been acknowledged as a wilderness location, enabling to ensure no future alterations will be considered to the habitat.

Most tourists visit on the weekends following Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The park entrance is situated on US Highway 62/180 nearly 18 miles (29 km) southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico. The park is a part of Junior Ranger Program.

Carlsbad Caverns encompassed a huge cave chamber, the Big Room, a decent natural limestone chamber of nearly 625 feet (190.5 m) broad, 4,000 feet (about 1,219 m) large, and 350 feet (about 107 m) of height at the highest peak. It is the third biggest chamber in North America and the seventh greatest in the world. The biggest in the world is the Sarawak Chamber of Malaysia.

History of Carlsbad Caverns

From an early age, Jim White toured the caverns with his handmade wire ladder. When he became adult, most people were not ready to accept that such caves existed. He offered several of the rooms their names, encompassing the King’s Palace, Big Room, New Mexico Room, Queen's Chamber, Green Lake Room, and Papoose Room. He also named some of the cave's more important creations, like the Totem Pole, Bottomless Pit, Fairyland, Witch's Finger, Iceberg Rock, Giant Dome, and Rock of Ages.

The city of Carlsbad, which lent its name to the Caverns and National Park, is in turn named after the Czech town earlier popular as the German name Karlsbad (modern spelling Carlsbad) and now famous by the Czech name Karlovy Vary, both of which says "Charles' Bath."

Until 1932, tourists to the Carlsbad Cavern had to walk down a switch based incline plane that carries them 750 feet underneath the surface. The walk returning was difficult on a lot of visitors. In 1932 the National Park modernized and a large visitor center building was erected containing two elevators that would take visitors to the caverns underneath. The new center encompassed a cafeteria, museum, first aid area and waiting room.

Carlsbad Caverns Recent Exploration

In 1985 a very unique process of exploration was discovered. A stalagmite in a dome area 255 feet (77.7 m) above the Big Room floor near by the Bottomless Pit was leaned out. Facilitating a balsa wood loop with helium-filled balloons attached, the visitors —after many tries for almost several years—floated a lightweight cord that wrapped the target stalagmite. Once the cord was up, over, and back to the ground, a climbing rope was placed in position, and the explorers reached the place what they named The Spirit World. An identical, smaller room was discovered in the main entrance area, and was named Balloon Ballroom to commemorate this exclusive technique.

In 1993, an array of small passages almost a mile in length was discovered in the ceiling of the New Mexico Room. It was the greatest invention in the cave since the Guadalupe Room was found in 1966 which was termed as "Chocolate High".

The Bottomless Pit was basically believed to have no basement. Stones were tossed into it, but no echo of the stones striking the bottom was experienced. Later exploration divulged that the bottom was about 140 feet (40m) deep and filled with soft dirt. The stones made no echo or sound when they hit the bottom as they were placed in the soft soil.

Carlsbad Caverns Other Caves

The park has 116 caves inside it. The only other one that welcomes the public is Slaughter Canyon Cave, which also displays striking rock formations and patterns. No paving or lighting has been established, and visitors may visit the same under supervision of the ranger.

Lechuguilla Cave, founded in 1986, is the center of much current cave visits at the park. It has been explored to a depth of 1,600 feet (490 m), turning it into the making it the deepest limestone cave in the United States. The entrance is in an old mining cavity called Misery Hole in a vague corner of the park. It is not open to public at large and the exact location of Misery Hole is kept under the folds in an attempt to preserve the cave intact.

Carlsbad Caverns Named Rooms

  • Balloon Ballroom
  • Bat Cave
  • Bell Cord Room
  • Bifrost Room
  • Big Room or The Hall of the Giants
  • Chocolate High
  • Green Lake Room
  • Guadalupe Room
  • Hall of the White Giant
  • King's Palace
  • Lake of the Clouds
  • Left Hand Tunnel
  • Mabel's Room
  • Mystery Room
  • New Mexico Room
  • New Section
  • Papoose Room
  • Queen's Chamber
  • Spirit World
  • Talcum Passage
  • The Rookery
  • Underground Lunchroom