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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

With Elevators Out Of Service, Visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park Becomes More Strenuous

Seeing "the Grand Canyon with a roof over it" at Carlsbad Caverns National Park of late has has been more strenuous for those seeking to marvel at the park's Big Room, as safety issues with the elevators that have been used to lower visitors into the cave have taken them out of service. Instead, you face a long, steep hike in and out of the cave entrance in addition to the more-than-a-mile walk through the room.

Volunteer "Lint Pickers" Help Spruce Up Cave At Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The expression "a little bit goes a long way" can be applied to lots of items, and that's certainly the case when it comes to lint. A small pile of the fluffy stuff may merely be an annoyance at home, but the amount of lint left behind by nearly 400,000 annual visitors to the caves at Carlsbad Caverns National Park can add up to a real problem

Surprising Halloween Night Discovery Provided A Real "Treat" At Carlsbad Caverns National Park

A little curiosity by a pair of cavers turned a fairly routine evening's project at Carlsbad Caverns National Park into an exciting adventure for the duo. Their original assignment on October 31—surveying to help complete a new map of the Big Room—led to the discovery of the largest new "room" in the cave in decades.

Want A Caving Adventure? Spider Cave Tour At Carlsbad Caverns National Park Worth A Future Visit

Sooner or later we'll once again be able to enjoy visits to parks around the country, and while we're waiting, we can start to compile a list of potential activities in NPS areas. If you'd enjoy a challenging, ranger-guided trip into a section of "wild" cave, the Spider Cave Tour at Carlsbad Caverns National Park may be just what you've been looking for.

Google Maps "Street View" Coming To The National Parks

Google Maps has become a useful electronic option to paper maps for many people, and one feature of that site—"Street View"—allows users to see a ground-level, 360 degree photographic view of many locations around the world. Now that service is adding parts of some national parks, including the Grand Canyon and even one rather surprising location that lies beneath the ground.

On The Desert’s Edge

On the Desert's Edge is a book for all those who cherish wild places. It is a collection of anecdotal essays, poetry and photos by Dale Pate and Ron Kerbo, present and former National Park Service cave specialists who have 36 years of combined experience living, working, and exploring in and around Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks.

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