Carlsbad Caverns – April 24
Today we left Guadalupe National Forest and are finally out of Texas.
We made a stop at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. We arrived mid-morning which was a good choice. It was pretty busy when we got there, but the parking lot was full by the time we left.
We decided on the self-guided tours starting with the Natural Entrance and going around the Big Room. We passed by a couple of large groups of children on a guided tour early. After that, it was just couples or very small groups. It is an amazing cavern especially considering its size. The Big Room is highly decorated with good examples of a lot of different types of formations. We finished up by taking the elevator to the visitor center. A wonderful thing indeed.
I’m really glad we came at this time of year due to the lack of crowds as compared to the summer. It did mean that we had to miss out on the nightly bat flight. It is really amazing to see thousands of bats fly out of the natural entrance on their nightly insect hunting trips. The bats don’t arrive until late May.
We headed to Lincoln National Forest to camp tonight
. We stayed at a dispersed camping spot near Denny Hill. Near Weed, NM in the mountains. We decided to not camp at the first wonderful site we passed by due to the skeleton and pelt of both a horse and large dog. I just couldn’t manage being there. We found a wonderful spot a little further along. It had a great view and was very peaceful.
Jon trying to make the grill more wind resistant.