I had dreamed of touring this place since I was a kid, and the trip was well worth the wait and the effort to get here.
Some of the caverns are so big you have the feeling of being in a giant sports arena.
With a steady temperature of 56 degrees (F) and 90% humidity (drops of calcite-saturated water form the park's amazing stone structures) long sleeves and light jackets are needed for most of the tour.
About an hour's hike from the main entrance, 755 feet below the surface, is a fast-food restaurant and gift shop. You've got to love this country, don't you?
Of course, the Carlsbad area is know for the stuff underground but, as you can see from the picture below, the view on the surface isn't too shabby.