The natural beauty and majesty of nature overwhelm many people when they visit national parks. Others, however, have a . . . less enthusiastic response. One visitor to Carlsbad Caverns National Park left a review on Yelp who fell into the latter category.
“Unless you find big caves and rocks overwhelmingly fascinating then skip this. Of all the national parks we have visited this is by far the most boring. A walk along dimly lite paths in a huge cave with rocks and pits and pools illuminated BFD. If you have never been inside a cave or seen a picture of a cave this might interest you, otherwise don’t waste your time, energy nor money.”
Perhaps this visitor should have been tipped off by the word “caverns” in the name of the park, but either way they were not impressed. Considering the lengthy drive required to reach Carlsbad Caverns, it seems that one would need at least a vague sense of interest in caves in order to put forth that kind of effort. It’s like spending all day cooking a turkey only to sit down at the table and say, “Ugh, I hate turkey.”
Prehistoric Origins of Carlsbad Caverns
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is one of 300 limestone caves in fossil caves created by an inland sea 250-280 million years ago.
Evidence of Native American inhabitants in the area date back 12-14,000 years. In fact, evidence of cooking sites and pictographs within the boundaries of the park. Then, starting in the 1500s, the park’s land has had a contentious history between Spain, Mexico, and later the United States, the full chronology of which can be found here. Carlsbad Caverns became a National Monument in 1923 and finally as a National Park in 1930.
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