Carlsbad Caverns – Huge Chandelier-Like Cave Formations

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

I’m usually not a cave person, but Carlsbad Caverns is impressive enough to warrant a post. The hike into the caverns is relatively easy and on a very maintained, popular trail that only requires 800 feet of elevation gain and loss. The cave system has more than 100 rooms, many of which are still being explored and aren’t open to the public. My favorite is the Big Room, which is a large limestone chamber that’s almost 4,000 feet long, 625 feet wide, and 255 feet high. It’s completely covered in dramatic chandelier-like formations and columns that span most of its height.

Carlsbad Caverns TravelSages
These were all over the Big Room and other chambers.
Carlsbad Caverns TravelSages
Carlsbad Caverns Big Room

About the author

Lauren is a 'digital nomad' (for lack of a less obnoxious term) who works, lives, and travels out of her truck camper with her partner, Patrick, and dog, Odin, the one-eyed Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. She started TravelSages in the summer of 2013, and has since founded a digital marketing consultancy, called LyteYear, and a sustainability brand, called RePrint. Before moving into her tiny mobile home, Lauren lived in Chicago for 6 years, pursued two graduate degrees, studied abroad at Oxford, worked for a summer in Hong Kong, and traveled to various countries in between. She has a mildly unhealthy love of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Netflix, and breweries with good New England IPAs.

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