You could spend a good two weeks hiking this National Park and not cover half the ground. The park is close enough to Carlsbad Caverns (just across the state line in New Mexico) that we could drive there for the bat flight and then return to camp. The next morning we did the 4-mile Devil’s Hall Trail hike and finished it just as a massive thunderstorm unleashed on us. The hike was very entertaining for Trey since we saw some wildlife (snake, tarantula, and some large raptors that I couldn’t identify). He was also very interested in the cactus we were starting to see in the landscape.

After I quickly packed up the tent in the rain, we drove north to head underground to explore Carlsbad Caverns.

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