Carlsbad Caverns – are one of the most spectacular limestone cave systems in the world – and are located about a 3 hour drive east and then south from Alamogordo roughly 200 miles, near the town of Carlsbad. Carlsbad town in the Chihuahuan Desert is on the Pecos River and is centered around Lake Carlsbad. The town has a population of around 27,000, and a good place to stay over so that you have a full day looking through the caves which are about 18 miles south of town. The caverns are located in the Guadalupe National Park, with the biggest cave “The Big Room” is 4000 feet long, 625 feet wide and the ceiling is 255 feet about the ground. There are 119 caves in the system of caves with the 3 biggest and most spectacular ones open to the public to see.
There is certainly a lot to see in New Mexico but as much as seeing amazing sites such as the Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands National Monument, the desert and mountain landscapes, the Pueblos, towns, villages and cities – it is also the people you meet along the way that really make your journey something you will remember and maybe be inspired by.