Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in the Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico. The park is primarily known for its 119 caves, formed as a result of sulfuric acid dissolving limestone. The main attraction of Carlsbad is the show cave; which is accessible to public. Visitors to the cave can hike in on their own through the natural entrance or take an elevator from the visitor center.
The park’s weather comprises of warm summers and mild winters. During the summer temperature average 90F. In the winter the average temperature is between 50 to 60F. String thunderstorms can occur during the summer, posing a threat of lightning and flash floods. The temperature in the caves is cool and averages 56F.
Visitors are recommended to carry a light jacket or sweater, and comfortable shoes with rubber soles for good traction, year-round.
The top 5 best rated things to do in Carlsbad National Park are:
1. Guided walking tours
2. Backcountry Camping
3. Exploring the caves
4. Bat Flight Programs; an evening ranger talk about bats prior to their flight.