John and Sandy's RV Adventure Journal

New Mexico

Alamogordo, NM – White Sand Natl Monument

We were up and on the road by 630am. We made it to Alamogordo and set up by noon. Now we headed to White Sands Natl Park. We went through the visitors center and watched the movie about White Sands NP. Then we took the 16 mile drive through the park. We made a couple stops and climbed the dunes. We relaxed with some wine outside and watched the rabbits.

Carlsbad, NM – Carlsbad Caverns Natl Park

Today we are exploring Carlsbad Caverns Natl Park. We went to the visitors center and watched a movie about the area and caves. Then John did an extended hike and took the Natural Entrance which was a 1 ½ mile hike down 800 feet into the caves. I took the easy way and did the elevator down 800 feet.

We met up at the snack bar in the caves. We both took the 1 ½ mile hike through the level caves at 800 feet down. It was self-guided which was nice so we could take our time. We both took the elevator up. We were going to stay and watch the 200,000 bats exit the cave, but we would have had to hang around for 3-4 more hours, so we headed home. Timing is everything. We saw a tarantula spider crossing the road, so we stopped to get some pictures.