After backpacking in White Sands, we headed to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
Now, I did not take many pictures here because the caves were dark, we kind of rushed through it (I’ll explain), and no cameras were allowed when we watched the bats.
We arrived around 4:30pm and immediately went to the information desk to obtain a backcountry permit to camp that night. The Ranger we spoke with did not recommend camping in the Park because of how rocky the land was. She gave us directions to BLM (Bureau of Land Management) camping, which was just down the road from the Park. When we inquired about going on a self-guided tour through the caves, she informed us that they stopped letting people in at 3:30 in preparation for a cave sweep – which is where they make sure everyone is out of the caves at a certain time. We sweet-talked our way in though and said we would be quick!
The formations in the caves were extremely fascinating! At the end of our hurried walk through the caves, we went to the Amphitheater to watch all of the bats fly out of the cave. In the evening, the bats that reside in the cave all fly out at the same time in their search for food.
After the bat program, we left the Park and headed to find this place we were going to camp. After a few wrong turns, we finally found it – and “it” was just a dirt road off a highway. We pulled off to the side of the dirt road and set up camp in the dark. That was a first… camping on the side of a road.
Again, we decided to forgo the rainfly that night and woke up to the colors of the sunrise.
In the morning, we packed up our gear and drove to our next destination! We had no idea what was in store for us…