With all of the wonder and beauty in Carlsbad Caverns, we never wanted to leave. The cave is 75 stories below the ground and mystifies anyone who sets their eyes on it. Once we explored the cave, we had worked up an appetite. Luckily, Carlsbad Caverns is home to the world’s deepest café. (the only things that need to be deeper than the café are your pockets!)
The night before we went deep into the cave, we went to Carlsbad Caverns for another reason—to see the bats. We arrived at dusk and went to the amphitheater outside the mouth of the cave. The park ranger talked to us about how the bats aren’t scary but are generous, helpful, and amazing. We waited and waited until finally the bats came out of the cave in a spiral pattern. Sometimes the bats crashed into one another and made a slapping noise. Seeing the bats and going into the cave was a truly awesome experience.