Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park is an American national park in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico. The primary attraction of the park is the show cave Carlsbad Cavern. Visitors to the cave can hike in on their own via the natural entrance or take an elevator from the visitor center.

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
The cave is well-known for its many calcite formations such as this column and array of stalactites
Location in New Mexico
Location in the United States
LocationEddy County, New Mexico, United States
Nearest cityCarlsbad, New Mexico
Coordinates32°10′31″N 104°26′38″W
Area46,766 acres (18,926 ha)
339 acres (137 ha) private[1]
EstablishedMay 14, 1930
Visitors440,691 (in 2019)[2]
Governing bodyNational Park Service
WebsiteCarlsbad Caverns National Park
Criteriavii, viii
Designated1995 (19th session)
Reference no.721
RegionNorth America

The park entrance is located on US Highway 62/180, approximately 18 miles (29 km) southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico. Carlsbad Caverns National Park participates in the Junior Ranger Program.[3] The park has two entries on the National Register of Historic Places: The Caverns Historic District and the Rattlesnake Springs Historic District.[4] Approximately two-thirds of the park has been set aside as a wilderness area, helping to ensure no future changes will be made to the habitat.

Carlsbad Cavern includes a large limestone chamber, named simply the Big Room, which is almost 4,000 ft (1,220 m) long, 625 ft (191 m) wide, and 255 ft (78 m) high at its highest point. The Big Room is the largest chamber in North America and the 31st largest in the world.[5]