The New Mexico portion of my trip was cut short due to leaving earlier than expected and having to head back to New York City for a month of work. This is one of my largest regrets was only spending a couple of days here when there is so much to do and see.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is Guadalupe Mountains. There is a natural entrance where you can hike through the Carlsbad Cavern. There is a well maintained trail that is semi lit. You can see all the different rock formations as you take this walk. Be careful since most of the way you are going downhill which means you will have to come back up after you reach the end or choose to stop. When you first enter you will smell this very strong very potent odor which is very unusual. This is actually the smell of baths. Hundreds of thousands of bats live inside this cave. The odor is not dangerous so don’t be alarmed but it is very potent. After a few minutes of hiking you will barely notice it anymore.
In the evenings and in front of the Carlsbad Cavern they offer bat shows starting during sunset. Unfortunately, you are not allowed ot take any photos since it can scare the bats. You will see them all fly out in almost a tornado shape before taking off for the evening to feed. It’s was surreal to be able to see this in person. The best part of this nature show? Well, its free!!
White Sand National Monument
The White Sand National Monument in New Mexico is the largest gypsum dune field in the world. It’s located in south central New Mexico. As you are driving towards it you will sporadically seeing something very “white” in the distance. Once you full into the National Monument. This area is 275 square miles of dunes! You will see people hiking or sledding down the sand dunes. It’s honestly beyond breathtaking. I have not seen anything like this in my entire life. This was one of my favorite places that I have been to. It’s a fun time for solo travelers, couples and families!
Lincoln National Forest
New Mexico’s landscape is very diverse and you will see deserts to full flush=greenery. The Lincoln National Forest is a place that captures this in it’s entirety. I happened to drive through this and I am very glad that I did!