Tiny Solar House Explores Carlsbad Caverns National Park

After leaving the Austin Live|Work tiny house community we headed west to meet some friends at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in Whites City, New Mexico. This leg of the journey was extra special because it was our first time meeting up with fellow travelers. Katie's buddy Elliot just purchased a new Mercedes sprinter van which he picked up in Colorado. Elliot and his travel partner Gen. met us at an RV park outside of Carlsbad Caverns for a few days of adventure before they made the drive east up to New York.

Tiny Solar House meets Sprinter van

Carlsbad Cavern includes a large cave chamber, The Big Room, a natural limestone chamber almost 4,000 feet long, 625 feet wide, and 255 feet high at the highest point. It is the fifth largest chamber in North America and the twenty-eighth largest in the world. It was our 10th National Park visit since beginning our Tiny House Journey back in May.

Look at that - a solar roof in the background!

Look at that - a solar roof in the background!

Fun Fact: Carlsbad Cavern is 56°F year round, so a light jacket or long-sleeved shirt is recommended. The trails and cave features are electrically lit, but flashlight or headlamps are recommended as well if you want to see specific details of the cave.

The park contains over 119 caves, but only three caves are open to public tours. Carlsbad Caverns is the most famous and is fully developed with electric lights, paved trails, and elevators. Slaughter Canyon Cave and Spider Cave are undeveloped, excepted for designated paths for the guided "adventure" caving tours.

Pictures From Carlsbad Caverns

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With flash

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With flash

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With flash

Touching cave formations

Touching cave formations

A spooky cool tour of the Lower Cave using just lanterns

A spooky cool tour of the Lower Cave using just lanterns

Detail of lanterns

Detail of lanterns

Gen the cave explorer

Gen the cave explorer

Michael the cave explorer

Michael the cave explorer

Katie the cave explorer

Katie the cave explorer

Other Attractions

Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located Salt Flat, TX just 30 minutes down the road from Carlsbad. The park features Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in Texas at 8,749 feet elevation.

Guadalupe Mnts National Park

The park also features McKittrick Canyon, a trail of which leads to a stone cabin built in the early 1930s, formerly the vacation home of Wallace Pratt, a petroleum geologist who donated the land in order to establish the park.

6 months into our solar powered journey of America we finally hit cold weather and had to plug-in to the power grid. Luckily, our off-grid solar power kit was designed to recharge with shore (grid) power, so we were able to enjoy a small electric space heater and refill the battery bank!

Leaving Carlsbad

After spending a week exploring the attractions around Carlsbad Caverns the Tiny Solar House got back on the road and continued the journey west, towards Arizona.