Thursday, November 7, 2013

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

 I am linking up with  Oh, the places I've been @ Tablescaper   and check out  Gemma's  Scenic Weekend 

 Hubby and I spent a week's vacation sightseeing around New Mexico and spent 3 nights in Carlsbad. These are some scenes from inside the Carlsbad Caverns located in Carlsbad, New Mexico.



The stadium seats outside are used mainly for the bat flight in the evenings.


Exploring the Big Room. There is a paved one mile loop trail to follow and lit up to highlight some of the more decorated parts of the caverns. Access to the Big Room is either by the elevators ( descending 750 ft)  in the visitor center or walking the mile down from the Natural Entrance. We did both the Natural Entrance and the Big Room walk.




I would not want to use this ladder, do you want to try exploring new rooms? This is not it but they have one section called the Bottomless Pit. And there are some sections yet to be explored and are not open to the general public. You can pay extra to go on separate guided tours, more on the experienced level of caving or what my hubby calls spelunking.


I wanted to show the size of some of the cave formations with hubby standing somewhat next to one. It is said that 6.2 football fields could fit inside the BIG Room which totals 357,480  sq ft.



I took a lot of photos inside the caverns and I can only post so many, I would to show some of the decorations and colors. One of my favorite decorations are called Draperies.



I hope you enjoyed my travel post.  I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.  

 Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your comments. Thanks for stopping by to see my post and thanks to Gemma for hosting Scenic Weekends. also thank to Alma the host @ The Tablescaper

59 comments:

Joop Zand said...

Very nice photo's Eileen.

Greetings, Joop

Andrea said...

That is really spectacular Eileen. But that ladder looks extremely scary! Those stalactites are extremely beautiful. I am again envious.

Lynne said...

Gorgeous . . . not sure if I could do the cave though . . . I do remember years and years ago going to the Cave of the Mounds, in Wisconsin.

In your travels to Ireland I hope you visit Newgrange . . . North a bit from Dublin.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

These are really good cave photos Eileen....I found it so hard to get good pictures in them. I loved those drapery formations too. We always wanted to go back in February or whenever it is that the bats are most active (I forget now) but I suppose we won't get to do that again.

DIMI said...

Hallo Eileen!!!Great post!!!Your pictures from the cave are very interesting and beautiful!!I'm so scared to go in there!!Thank you for sharing!!!
Dimi...

Gaelyn said...

It's a beautiful cave and I'd love to crawl around in it, but not that ladder. Haven't been there in a very long time but I do know Rangers there.

KT said...

We were just at Mammoth Caves a couple weekends ago...remembering back to Carlsbad we liked it better. Did you happen to do the natural entrance? It was something else! Carlsbad had so many decorations...Mammoth not so much.

Joyful said...

That looks like a fabulous place to visit! Great photos.

Sam @ The Junk House said...

Great pictures! We visited Carlsbad Caverns years ago. I'd forgotton how awesome it was...I just remember being cold because I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

EastCoastLife said...

Gorgeous pictures and this cave is stunningly beautiful. The ladder looks scary, I won't dare to climb it.

diane b said...

Wow they are spectacular caves. The big room sure is huge. Great shots.

Diane | An Extraordinary Day said...

Wow Eileen! That is truly spectacular. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely photos. What a fun adventure!!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful! The cave looks enormous. What a spectacular place. Enjoy your weekend!

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos!
Have a nice sunday! RW & SK

Ailime said...

Olá Eileen, muito obrigada por me ter visitado!
As suas viagens são maravilhosas e nos proporcionam momentos fabulosos!
Adorei estas cavernas! Absolutamente fantásticas! Abraço e continuação de boas viagens! Ailime

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

AMAZING! I can't wait to visit this NP someday in the future, Eileen!

Michele {Malaysian Meanders} said...

I haven't been to Carlsbad NP since I was a little kid but it loom large in my memories. Thanks for the stroll back in time for me. I definitely would not want to go down that ladder either.

Betty Luckhurst said...

I have always wanted to visit this place, so thanks for taking me along! Your photos are really exciting to see.

Gemma Wiseman said...

O what a wondrous place. Mother Nature is rather an expert at creating unique sculptures. Beautiful views.

Wandering Wren said...

Great photography and wonderful to get the sheer scale with your husband standing small beside. I would not want to be taking that ladder anywhere!!!
Wrenx

Valerie said...

Oh my goodness! Those caves and colours are amazing - I bet it was a fascinating experience. Thanks for sharing (and for commenting on my blog)

LindyLou Mac said...

This was a lovely virtual tour and for me preferable to the real thing I think. :)

stiefbeen said...

dat zijn nog eens mooie plaatsen om met een bezoek te vereren.

Giga said...

Tajemnicze i wspaniałe miejsce. Po drabinie nie zeszłabym, to pewno, chociaż z pewnością było tam co oglądać. Pozdrawiam.
The mysterious and wonderful place. When a ladder is not zeszłabym, it certainly, but there was certainly something to watch. Yours.

Giga said...

To straszne wydarzenie było też pokazywane w naszej telewizji. Przyroda potrafi być też okrutna. Serdecznie współczuję i pozdrawiam.
This terrible event was also shown on our television. Nature can be too cruel. We sympathize and greet.

betchai said...

thanks for sharing, i wish to visit this place also someday

bj said...

We don't live too far from Carlsbad and took our children to the caverns
almost every summer. It's a wonderful vacation spot.

NatureFootstep said...

wow, that was something special. Such a big cavern and so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this place. :)

Steffi said...

Fantastic and interesting photos,Eileen!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

I do love to travel on your blog!
Cheers from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

Irene said...

Amazing! What a place to visit ... beautiful and interesting!

Wish you a happy weekend!

Irene

Magia da Inês said...

¸.•°♪♬♫º°
A natureza é sempre linda!!!

❥ Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.♩♫♬°º•.¸
Brasil.°º✿

Marco Luyken said...

Hello Eileen,
These shots are fantastic.
Great that you've seen this all in real.
It looks like the place of Indiana Jones. Wonderful!!

Many greetings,
Marco

Cottage and Broome said...

Thanks for taking me on the tour, I have not been there! Have a great Thanksgiving, Laura

Reader Wil said...

I am always fascinated by caves, as we have not a single one in my country. Only in the south of the province of Limburg there are manmade marlpits, which are sometimes so deep in the hills that people run the risk to get lost.
Have a great week, Eileen!
Wil

Dianne said...

What an amazing place Eileen .. I love the deep jewelled colours in the rocks.
Happy Thanks-Giving to you and yours.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» hasn't seen the Carlsbad Caverns since he was a kid growing up in the Texas Panhandle. Great post!

The calligrapher in him also appreciates those fine Roman Capitals announcing "Carlsbad Caverns" in the stone sign at the entrance.

The Sunday Bridges meme is still active if you have bridge photos - current or past posts - you would like to share. The meme opens at 22h00m central Europe time each Saturday «Louis» is also hosting iPhone Phriday if you would like to share an image you've taken with your smartphone.

betchai said...

beautiful formations captured, despite I know how hard to take picture inside a cave, wish to get here someday.

Made by KKann said...

Hi from Norway!
Nice blog - nice photos!!
Have a woundeful 2. sunday in December.

KKann

Lady Lilith BloodCrave said...

Wow. Looks like you had a really wonderful experience. I remember as a child going on a trip to old caves. There is nothing like getting close to nature.

KL said...

Spectacular caves.

Willow said...

I was so pleasantly surprised to see this post !
I was just a little girl when we visited Carlsbad Caverns many many moons ago . It was so fascinating to me and I still remember the fascination as I browse through your share . Thanks for helping me remember !!

weekend et coup de brosse said...

Très joli post! superbe balade!
je te rends visite de mon blog peinture! je suis ravie de découvrir ton blog, j'adore.
Cath CH Photography.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

That ladder scares me!

Gattina said...

Wow ! what a very impressive place !

Joyful said...

Oh I would love to visit that place. It is simply stunning.

Pearl Maple said...

Great colors in your photos of such an interesting place to visit

Sandy Carlson said...

What an awesome place!

Jill c",) said...

Miss your exploring of the nature :)) hope for new pic soon:))

Happy new year Eileen:)

Take care U:))

Laura. M said...

I love these ancient stones.
Good Sunday.
a kiss.

Gilligan Maryanne said...

beautiful!!! i love caves thanks for sharing

thanks for stopping by

Rebecca said...

I've never heard of these caverns, but they look worth seeing!

Electra said...

Wow, this is great. The only cavern I have been in was Lewis and Clark and I loved that!

Jill c",) said...

Wow! Amazing pace Eileen!!!

Magia da Inês said...

♡♡⊱ Olá!

Caverna maravilhosa.
Belíssima série de fotos.

Boa quinta-feira!
Beijinhos.
° ·.♫° ·.

Bill S. said...

What a beautiful place for a visit - must go on my bucket list.

Bill

Renae of Simple Sequins said...

Thank you for your sweet comments. Nice to hear from you again. When I went off into being a 'thrift stylist' I ended up getting more followers in that focus. But I want you to know I did enjoy you so much. My sister never came back to blogging again. She needs to retire from teaching school first, then perhaps blogging will return in her life. Meanwhile, I appreciate your care and concern. ♥

Margaret Gosden said...

Really fascinating caving photos! I imagine all of your shots would make a great slide show ….

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen;
OMG; inside of Carlsbad Caverns really looks like the limestone cavern called "Akiyoshi shonyudou" under the plateau. It is 2 hours drive away from my house. It happened that mountain-burning event will be held tomorrow. I'll be able to see it for the first time p;)
Happy for your wonderful trip, my friend!

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*