The park was under construction while we were there. But I suppose this place has really been under construction for the past few hundred thousand years or so.
I’m not one to thoroughly enjoy the whole tourist scene, so I am certainly glad we did this on the off season. I couldn’t imagine the amazing silence and utter calm of this place being disturbed by the hordes of children who reportedly show up in summer.
And I must admit, this place was pretty amazing. Though it was a pretty much a whole bunch of rocks that started looking similar after a while, I can honestly say it was much more amazing than René’s “most amazing” Pile of Junk in Austin.
Stalactites, stalagmites, draperies, columns, popcorn … the cave decorations with names like Lion’s Tail and Rock of Ages, are all pretty incredible when you consider how they formed. And how long it took. My particular favorite is this one I so aptly named Slippery Nipple.
While the three mile hike we took through the Natural Entrance and The Big Room is easy and paved. It’s hard to imagine the early adventurers who scoped out the place on their own.
The only bad thing about seeing Carlsbad Caverns in the off season is that we missed the nightly escape of the nearly half a million resident Brazilian Freetail Bats who spend their off season in Mexico.