June 5th to the 9th. Not only did we want to visit the caverns at Carlsbad Caverns National Park we wanted to see the bats. Several times we were close to this area but the bats were somewhere in Mexico and not at the caverns.
The caverns were spectacle. We did the Kings Palace tour. Our guide was super. She told all about the history of the finding of the caverns to present day. You take and elevator down 75 stories. It is a little chilly. Many wet floors so wear the appropriate footwear and bring a jacket. When she turned out the lights it was black dark, the only way I can describe the darkness.
The road to the caverns has a few switch backs and a few steep parts.
Lunch 75 stories below ground level
So many pictures we had a hard time choosing just a few. Again this is one of those you have to go there to really appreciate the beauty.
A great relief from the 100 + degrees above ground.
The amphitheater looking at the opening where the bats fly out of was very nice. The only problem was the seats are concrete and very hard to sit on for any length of time. Tip - take a cushion. It did get fairly full.
The white looking spots are the bats coming out of the cave. Hard to get a good photo. We did see some larger groups but by time you get the camera up they are gone.