We went to Carlsbad Caverns this weekend.
- The caves are beautiful and totally worth your time to see.
- The bat departure at sunset can be disappointing. The bats are silent and when we saw them, they flew out 30 at a time. (Maybe sometimes there are larger waves, since there are about 200,000 bats in there.) After a while it was too dark for some of us to see. Anyway, don’t expect a roiling, screeching vortex of bats like you see in Batman…although you can expect to see Batman…or at least a guy in a Batman costume.
- Only 2 out of 4 elevators are operational right now. The others have not worked for 2 years (under repair). Try to hike out of the cave before 3:30 or you’ll be in a huge line for the elevators to get out.
- Get your hotel as far ahead of time as you can. They book fast and it’s supply and demand after that. Expect to pay $200 a night if you book the week of.