Last week my family and I went to a place called Carlsbad Caverns which is located in Carlsbad, New Mexico. It was about a 4 1/2 hour drive from Albuquerque but worth the long drive. Carlsbad caverns are cool caves made out of limestone. There are two ways to enter the caves. The first is by an elevator ride and the 2nd, which we took, is a mile walk that goes down. The walk down goes by quickly as there is so much to see. My younger boys who are 6 and 7 years had no problem walking.
Once in the caves, there is plenty of cool formations to look at. There are are more than 119 known caves - all formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone. You can take a self guided tour that has railed pathways to view the rock formations or go on a guided tour to explore deeper into the caves. Some of the tours involve climbing and some require you to wear a helmet with a light on it. For more information on this cool place visit:
My 7 year old son did a project at school about the caverns so he was excited to visit. Some of the facts my son wrote about was:
1.It is a famous bat colony
2.One of the worlds largest caves
3.Always a cool 56 degrees
The bats only come out of the caves at night time and when you are in the caves, you can not see any bats. When the bats do come out of the caves, it is an awesome show to see. The bats come out to search for food, a 20 minutes to 2 hour process. Then they go back in the cave to sleep until the next night.
Enjoy the pictures and if you are ever in New Mexico be sure to check out the caverns. There are more pictures of the caverns at http://www.nps.gov/cave/index.htm