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  Visitors are dwarfed by the entrance hole
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  • Visitors are dwarfed by the entrance hole - Carlsbad Caverns National Park
      Visitors are dwarfed by the entrance hole
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  • Descending deeper via a series of switchbacks - Carlsbad Caverns National Park
      Descending deeper via a series of switchbacks
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This entrance to the cave has been used over the past 100-years to gain access the the secrets of Carlsbad Caverns, with the original cowboy discoverers descending with buckets to harvest the rich fossilized fertilizer of bat droppings left over the centuries by the bat colony. Not much attention was paid to the cave by the outside world until the first photographs inside the caverns were taken between 1915-18, enabling word of this supposed wonder to gradually reach Washington. Following the dispatch of an official government team to assess the site, it was declared a National Monument in 1923 and finally made a National Park in 1930.

I found this to be a very enjoyable way to enter the Caverns, gradually descending into the coolness of the cave as the footbath zig-zagged back and forth with nice solid hand-rails taking away any sense of danger for the faint of heart! This self-guided tour is about a mile long as you descend over 750-feet into the depths of the caves with soft lighting guiding you along as you pass one geological marvel after another.

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