Carlsbad NM…

A two-night stop at the Carlsbad KOA RV Resort, nice level spots and amenities.  Right down the road was Brantley Lake State Park.  Beautiful lake for kayaking and boating along with some interesting wildlife!

The Carlsbad Caverns National Park begins in the Chihuahuan Desert of the Guadalupe Mountains.  Below the desert is a vast underground world of Carlsbad Cavern.  There are two entrances to the cavern.  The natural entrance is 1.25 mile and follows the explorers’ route.  It’s a steep and narrow trail that descends 750 feet.  We took the Big Room route in the Visitor Center by taking the elevator that descends the 750 feet to the caves’ largest 8.2-acre room.  The immensity and beauty of this cave is just unimaginable!

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Of course, we were also excited to see the desert area, wildlife and birds.  The Walnut Canyon desert drive is a 9 ½ mile one-way loop through the desert mountain scenery.  Half way around the loop we hiked down Rattlesnake Canyon.

The day provided us with many pictures of wildlife, flowers and birds.

Desert Bighorn Sheep
Desert Big Horn Sheep
Blue Grosbeak (1)
Blue Grosbeak
Male n Female Blue Grosbeak
Male and Female Blue Grosbeak

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Canyon Towhee
Canyon Towhee

Our final stop was at Rattlesnake Springs picnic area.  A beautiful picnic spot in a lush green area.  We scored another bird for our life list that we were hoping to see, the Vermilion Flycatcher.  The turkey put on quite a show for us and his three lady friends.

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Vermilion Flycatcher
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Turkey

Rain started and a storm was a brewing, so we headed home.  Unfortunately, due to the weather, we didn’t get to experience the flight of the Brazilian free-tailed bats out of the cavern into the night.  But the day gave us some unforgettable sights and memories!

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