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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Carlsbad Caverns National Park

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a World Heritage Site that is home to some of the most outstanding caves in the United States. Located in the Guadalupe Mountains in New Mexico, Carlsbad Caverns National Park has more than 80 caves, many of which are famous for their size as well as beauty.

Visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park can enter the caves by hiking, or take an elevator directly to a chamber known as the Underground Lunchroom, some 750 feet (230 m) below ground. The largest chamber at Carlsbad Caverns is the Big Room. This limestone chamber measures almost 4,000 ft (1,219 m) long, 625 ft (190 m) wide, and 350 ft (107 m) tall. It is the third largest chamber in North America. Also discovered at Carlsbad Caverns National Park is Lechuguilla Cave, which at 126.1 miles, is the fifth longest cave in the world.


Dolls Theater, Carlsbad Cavern
Dolls Theater, Carlsbad Cavern
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Carlsbad Caverns were discovered by James Larkin White (1882-1946) who explored it since he was as young as 16 years old. He is believed to have discovered it when it was working as a cowboy for the ranch of John and Dan Lucas. He was the early promoter of the cave, and later as an adult, wrote a book about it called Jim White's Own Story (with help from Frank Ernest Nicholson as ghost writer).

Carlsbad Caverns National Park was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 19th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Berlin, Germany, on 4 - 9 December, 1995.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 32 10 0 W 104 22 60 in Eddy county, New Mexico
Inscription Year: 1995
Type: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, VIII


Pearlsian Gulf, Lechuguilla Cave, Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Pearlsian Gulf, Lechuguilla Cave, Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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