There are nearly a half million visitors that come to Carlsbad Cavern each year! Help us spread the love of our cavern all over the world.
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"I only love my #NationalPark and my momma, I'm sorry." 🎿 Sunrises like this one have us excited to hop out of bed and outdoors. #FindYourPark#EncuentraTuparque [📷: Cliff LaPlant in @joshuatreenps via @Share_The_Experience]
Happy #NationalEngineersWeek ! (Feb 18-24). Meet David Demko, our Park Engineer! 🏗⚙️
“Working for the NPS gives me a peaceful setting to work on a variety of projects and with colleagues from varied backgrounds.” Advice for the youth and students pursuing a career in engineering:
“I encourage students to push themselves in non-math and science subjects even if you know you will be an engineer. Why? Writing, comprehension, and being a well-rounded professional will always help engineers in their job. After the first few years of mainly technical work, good engineers branch out and become managers and leaders that need to work well with many disciplines. So it’s important to excel in a well-balanced curriculum to make a better engineer for a more prosperous career.” (dd) #Engineers#Engineering#HumansOfPointReyes#LearningFromLeaders#PointReyesNPS#FindYourPark#EncuentraTuParque
The skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus) is native to eastern North America and gets its name for a pretty straightforward reason - it's stinky! It grows in soft, muddy soil and produces crazy-looking flowers like this one in early spring. 📷: @powellphotography94 found this specimen at Dorey Park.
We've got activities for the scientists and plant lovers in your family year-round. Check out our program guide on our website to see what's coming up this season. 🍄 #sciencefriday#MyViewHRP#henricopark#henrico#optoutside#findyourpark#encuentratuparque
Lake of the Clouds is the deepest point in Carlsbad Cavern at 1,037 feet (316 m) below the surface. Water is abundant throughout Carlsbad Cavern and can easily be seen on the self-guided tours. While fish do not live in these pools, small invertebrates and microbes do. When you visit, do your part to protect these cave pools by not throwing anything into them--even a coin or a rock can hurt the little lifeforms surviving in the water.
Charlie Reed photo
Happy birthday, George Washington! His oral hygiene was on par with his time, but his leadership was forward-thinking and inspirational. Learn more about this incredible leader by visiting any number of national parks, including @ValleyForgePark, where the Continental Army faced one of its harshest winters. #FindYourPark#EncuentraTuParque [📷: Carol Brightbill via @Share_The_Experience]
If you’re heading out to explore the rich history and landscape of Mesa Verde and can only do one hike, you absolutely MUST join the ranger-led guided hike to the Balcony House. At just a half-mile, this hike won’t win you any long-distance awards, but the route is deceptively tough. You’ll scale down two sets of steep, cliff-side ladders and at one point have to shimmy or slide your way through a 12-foot long tunnel that narrows down to just 18 inches at one point.
Those non-claustro / acro phobic hikers who make it will find themselves standing in the middle of an impressive 40-room structure cut into the side of Chapin Mesa, where a park ranger will bring the Ancestral Puebloans who lived in the region from 550 through the 1200s back to life. .
Head to modernhiker.com or click the link in the bio to learn more about this incredible National Park (which pre-dated the National Park Service by a decade!) and find out how to reserve your spot on this hike.
The formations shown in this picture are called draperies. These sheet-like formations are created by water dripping down a sloped ceiling and are often folded. Draperies can be found throughout the Big Room of Carlsbad Cavern and also along the Natural Entrance Trail.
Ever wonder what defines a cave? The National Caves Association defines a cave as “…any cavity in the ground that is large enough that some portion of it will not receive direct sunlight.” Caverns, on the other hand, are defined by the National Caves Association as “…a specific type of cave, naturally formed in soluble rock with the ability to grow speleothems.” While all caverns can be accurately called caves, not all caves are considered caverns. Cavern is typically used to imply immensity and grandeur.
All of us here certainly believe Carlsbad Cavern meets the criteria of a cavern! We hope you do as well!
Today is the #birthday of Ansel Adams, one of the most iconic #NationalPark photographers of all time, whose work captured the power and awe of places like #GrandCanyonNationalPark , @YosemiteNPS, and @ManzanarNPS. 🌄 He was the OG #nofilter photographer, but also an activist and preservationist. Learn more about this incredible artist by following the link in our bio, and be inspired to create your own lasting artwork to share your park experiences! #FindYourPark#EncuentraTuParque . [📷: @joshbrooksphoto at @grandcanyonnps via @share_the_experience]
Want a great $20 gift for spring breakers? Purchase an annual pass good in this park for 365 days of mountains, canyons, dunes, peaks, hikes, fall colors, night skies, geology, flora, history, ranches, wildlife and a reef unlike anywhere else...
@usinterior @naturenps @nationalparkservice #nps101#findyourpark#encuentratuparque 📷B. Schwieger
While Fort Christina might be closed until Summer you can still see the monument from afar and check out the wall mural across the street. The large mural helps interpret this site, the portion pictured above is describing when the monument was dedicated to the United States by the Royal Sweden Family. #delawarehistory#firststatenhp#inwilm#findyourpark#encuentratuparque
@glacierbaynps - Nearly 1200 miles of #shoreline in the park provide an interface between land and #sea and a vital link between the land and marine environments. Virtually all creatures that live in #GlacierBay – including people – use some part of the marine environment that is made available along the shoreline. NPS Photo/ M. Tankersley
"How sublime to look down on the workhouse of nature, to see her clouds, hail, snow, rain, thunder, all fabricated at our feet!" - Thomas Jefferson
Happy #PresidentsDay ! We hope you found time to marvel at something incredible this weekend.
NPS Photo/ M. Tankersley
In an earlier post, we challenged you to find the cave spider in the picture. Today, we have a similar challenge on a very different scale. Can you find the visitor in this photo of the Big Room? The unbelievable immensity of Carlsbad Cavern is hard to express in images and even harder to express in words. To truly understand the scale of the cave, you simply have to visit it for yourself.
Puerto Rico's San Cristobal fort is a fascinating step back in time. While we've been here before, we realized after visiting today that we had seen less than half. The sprawling grounds & stunning views of the city & sea make it worth spending an hour or two here.
We hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend! Thanks @theresa_ratermann for sharing your coastal hiking adventure! Couldn’t agree more with your caption! (dd) #FindYourPark#EncuentraTuParque#PointReyesNPS
“~ At the end of the trail the land opens up to a much anticipated surprise...”
Photo by: @twoten_productions
This photo came up in my memories for the day! A fun long expo of Daniel Rodriguez and me on a very cold night hike in Bryce Canyon by Chad Butler. So thankful for friends who are willing drive all night to spend a few days somewhere beautiful and geek out with our cameras. Even better when they are willing to hang out at a buffet in Vegas and let me stuff my face long after they are done eating 🐷