Carlbad Caverns contains some of the west's most beautiful and
unusual natural wonders. You may take an elevator directly to
the bottom and tour the world famous Big Room, or hike the steep
but spectacular one-mile paved trail (left) from the cave's
One of the highlights of this trail is the highly decorative
Devil's Spring (shown right).
The Big Room is generally considered the highlight of Carlsbad Caverns.
One of the world's largest underground chambers, it features scenery
and formations on a grand scale. The Hall of the Giants (right) features
formations which are up to sixty feet tall. At left is a closeup of
gigantic stalactites growing from the ceiling of the Big Room.
You may also take the King's Palace tour to view several extremely
decorative smaller rooms which are much more intimate.
A panorama of the Big Room.
The nearby Guadalupe mountains are covered by an infrequent
blanket of snow.