Day 63: Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains

Carlsbad Caverns are pretty amazing in both their scope and beauty. They are gigantic and seem to go down forever. I now understand why so many people talk about visiting them. The crazy thing is, even though they are objectively better, I actually enjoyed visiting the Lewis and Clark caverns more. I think the reason is because they are not so touristy, the paths are not easy to traverse and you often have to duck or crawl to get through. Something about them being more wild seemed to appeal to me.

Afterwards I realized that the Guadalupe Mountains National Park was only about 30 minutes away. I had never heard of this park, but I had to check it out anyways. It was a pretty neat park, lots of trails to various springs and the history of how it was the first way station for the mail to make it to California made for some interesting history. I went on a couple mile hike around to a few of the springs. None of the views I encountered were really National Park worthy, but I'm guessing you need to do the hike to the top of the mountain to see the real amazing sites.