The Ultimate Carlsbad Caverns National Park Quiz

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About This Quiz

One of the most notable attractions at the Carlsbad Caverns National Park is the stunningly beautiful rock formations found in its many caves and caverns. Add this to the thousands of bats that fly out of the caverns into the desert every night and you won't want to miss a visit to this unusual place. Take our informative quiz and find out more about enjoying a wonderful vacation at this spectacular national park.

In which U.S. state is Carlsbad Caverns National Park located?

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in southeast New Mexico and boasts a terrain of desert mountains and caverns.

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Carlsbad Caverns are some of the largest natural caverns in the _____ Hemisphere.

Carlsbad Caverns, known to the locals in southern New Mexico as the "Bat Caves," are some of the largest natural caverns in the Western Hemisphere.

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park is made up of more than _____ major caves.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is made up of more than 84 major caves, with unusual rock formations that include the Giant Dome and the King's Palace.

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From which nearby cities can you fly to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico?

Visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park can either fly into El Paso, Texas and then drive 150 miles to the park, or they can fly on Mesa Airlines directly from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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What is the entrance fee to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico?

Adults can enter Carlsbad Caverns National Park for a fee of $6 for three days; children 15 and under enter for free. There are extra fees for entrance to some of the caves.

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How many days of the year is the Carlsbad Caverns Visitor Center open?

The Carlsbad Caverns Visitor Center is open 364 days a year, closing only on Christmas Day, December 25.

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How many bats fly out of the entrance to Carlsbad Cavern each night?

About 250,000 bats fly out of the entrance to Carlsbad Caverns each night in search of flying insects.

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In what year was Carlsbad Caverns rediscovered in modern times?

The phenomenon of many thousands of bats swarming out of Carlsbad Caverns every night led to the rediscovery of Carlsbad Caverns circa 1900.

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Which American humorist called Carlsbad Caverns "the Grand Canyon with a roof on it?"

Because of the sheer size of Carlsbad Cavern's vaulted underground chambers, as well as its amazing rock formations of many shapes and colors, country humorist Will Rogers called this underground cavern "the Grand Canyon with a roof on it."

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In what year was Carlsbad Caverns National Park established?

Carlsbad Caverns National Park covering 46,766 acres (189.3 square kilometers), was established in 1930. Some of its highlights include the Rock of Ages and the Big Room.

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Which types of wildlife can be found in Carlsbad Caverns National Park?

Mexican free-tailed bats, desert reptiles, ground squirrels, skunks, raccoons and foxes are among the wildlife that can be found in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

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How many miles of caverns are open to visitors at Carlsbad Caverns National Park?

About 30 miles of passages have been mapped at Carlsbad Caverns, but only three miles, which include the chambers known as the King's Palace, the Queen's Chamber and the Green Lake Room, are open to park visitors.

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The multicolored rock formations in the caverns at Carlsbad get their color from:

The multicolored rock formations in the caverns at Carlsbad, such as Iceberg Rock, the Boneyard and Rock of Ages, get their color from iron oxide deposits.

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Stalagmites are formed as a result of the drop-by-drop accumulation of _____ crystals.

The slow, drop-by-drop accumulation of calcite crystals leads to the formation of stalagmites, stalactites and other cave formations.

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Which desert is the largest desert in North America?

The Chihuahuan Desert is the largest desert in North America. Carlsbad Caverns National Park encompasses a large region of the desert whose flora include the agave, prickly pear cactus and ocotillo.

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What is the temperature in the underground caverns at Carlsbad Caverns National Park?

Though summers at Carlsbad Caverns National Park can be quite hot, the air in the underground caverns is about 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celsius) all year round.

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Which cavern is the largest known underground chamber in the Western Hemisphere?

The Big Room is the largest known underground chamber in the Western Hemisphere. It is 1,800 feet long and up to 1,100 feet wide.

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In which chamber can you find the Carlsbad Cavern's biggest stalagmites?

In the Hall of the Giants, at a level 750 feet below the surface, you will find Carlsbad Cavern's biggest stalagmites: the Rock of Ages, the Giant Dome and the Twin Domes.

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In which year did the United States create the New Mexico Territory?

The United States acquired the southwestern part of the country in about 1840 and, in 1850, created the New Mexico Territory.

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What was the original name of the town known today as Carlsbad, New Mexico?

The original name of the town was Eddy, established in 1888.

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