Tour II: The Big Room Tour, Steleothems and the Rock of Ages

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Carlsbad Cavern National Park: The Big Room

Day II: The underworld of the night seers.

The silence and the darkness tell of an undisturbed world. In the unimaginable realm of the subterranean chambers divided into “Big Room” and “King's Palace”. The two chambers reveal awe inspiring cave formations and extraordinary features resembling the interiors of palaces of old. Nothing prepares you for what you actually see inside the cave, not the many photographs taken before, not the writings of travelers who have been there before, not even the art by great artists like Ansel Adams. The photographs and writings do no justice to the caverns. Your eyes have not seen anything as fantastic as the inside features of these magnificent caves.

Carlsbad Cavern National Park: The Big Room
Big Room, a natural limestone chamber, is about 4,000 feet long, 625 feet wide, and 350 feet high at it's peak. Three tours are available and all are doable if you are in good physical shape. The three tours include: The Big Room Route, the Natural Entrance Route and the Kings Palace Route. On arrival your first contact point will be the visitor center where you can purchase tickets for different tours. We arrived in the afternoon and the clouds were heavy with rain clouds. A storm was brewing, but never really matured. The natural entrance was closed due to the weather change. We decided to go on the general tour of the Big Room for $6.00 per adult, Desire was free since she is under 10 years.

The Big Room Route/Tour:

This is the most popular and easiest of the three tours offered.

Carlsbad Cavern National Park: The Big Room
It is a self-guided tour that runs a mile long. It is the largest room in the cave, featuring famous locations within like the 'Rock of Ages', 'Bottomless Pit', 'Painted grotto' and 'Giant Dome'. It is an incredible 8.2 acres with highly decorative limestone features of growth dating back millions of years. Getting into the big room can be done two ways: the easiest being through an elevator that drops a whooping 750 feet below. The trails are well lit making it easy to see where one is going. The trails also have metal rails to hold on to as one walks. Perfect route if you have a couple of hours to spend.  Highly recommended tour for everyone in good physical condition, age is of no consequence if you can manage walking for an hour and a half.

 

Africancrab says:
Carl, you must make this one. I do not think anyone can adequately describe in words what your eyes behold when you are deep underground in the Caverns. We did two days of touring, went through all three tours and had an incredible time while freezing our butts off. It was cold down there. A priceless trip.
Posted on: Jun 28, 2010
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