Exploring New Mexico's Natural Wonders

Carlsbad Caverns Depths
Carlsbad Caverns Depths
Home to over 119 caves, Carlsbad Caverns plunges to over 1,000 feet. The 'Big Room' is a chamber so vast that it could house 14 football fields, boasting a remarkable underground landscape.
White Sands Dunes
White Sands Dunes
The White Sands National Park contains the world's largest gypsum dune field, spanning 275 square miles. This glistening white desert's sands are so reflective, they prevent the surface from the extreme heat common to other deserts.
Shiprock: Sacred Peak
Shiprock: Sacred Peak
Rising 1,583 feet above the high-desert plain, Shiprock is a sacred mountain to the Navajo people. This geological marvel is the eroded remnant of a volcano's throat, visible for miles in all directions.
Valles Caldera Wonders
Valles Caldera Wonders
Valles Caldera in the Jemez Mountains is a 13-mile wide volcanic caldera. Formed by a massive eruption over 1 million years ago, it's known for its hot springs and abundant wildlife, including one of the largest elk herds.
Gila Cliff Dwellings
Gila Cliff Dwellings
The Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument offers a glimpse into the lives of the Mogollon people who inhabited the area over 700 years ago. These ancient homes are remarkably preserved in cliff overhangs.
Rio Grande Rift Power
Rio Grande Rift Power
The Rio Grande rift is a major geological feature, stretching from Colorado to Chihuahua, Mexico. This tectonic rift zone is responsible for the dramatic landscapes and hot springs found throughout New Mexico.
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness
Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness
The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness features bizarre and colorful hoodoos, petrified wood, and dinosaur fossils. This surreal and mostly untouched landscape offers a journey through time, with rock formations dating back over 70 million years.
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How deep is Carlsbad Caverns?
Over 1,000 feet
Around 500 feet
Less than 100 feet