Carlsbad Cavern - Home to a Million Bats

Carlsbad Caverns is an amazing cave system located in the region of the Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico. It’s a deep, underground limestone cave that our crew decided to explore in the hopes of shooting a longer piece here in the future.  Even though we prefer adventuring in less explored caves, Carlsbad was well worth a trip to New Mexico.


Bats in the Cave

One of the more spectacular things offered at the cave is a showing of about 1 million bats.   They emerge from the cave each evening at dusk – making huge swarms that resemble billowing plumes of smoke from afar. You can also have breakfast at dawn to watch their return – an amazing show as the bats swarm above and fly into the cave one at a time! The bats in Carlsbad Caverns are mostly Mexican Free-tailed bats. This, like other bat caves, serves as a maternal roost, a place where only the females come to rear the young. The location of the males is unknown.

Getting a feel for the Cave: Carlsbad Caverns Video

Haley and I created this short video with timelapse photography of several images we shot in the cave. I hope it gives you a feel for the depth and feel of the cave.

Cave Facts

  • The cave was made a national park on May 14, 1930.
  • The park is 46,753 acres.
  • There were almost a half million tourists that visited the park in 2000.
  • Its 750 feet froom the park center on top to the cavern floor.


More information in the Caverns

Written by Rob Nelson

Rob is an ecologist from the University of Hawaii. He is the co-creator and director of Untamed Science. His goal is to create videos and content that are entertaining, accurate, and educational. When he's not making science content, he races whitewater kayaks and works on Stone Age Man.

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