Lechuguilla Cave is located in New Mexico's
Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
The caves single entrance and about 400 feet of passage ways were known about for decades.
In 1984 a group of cavers acquired permission from the park service
to dig in the cave at an area where wind could be heard. Two years of
hard labor latter on May 26, Memorial Day, 1986 they broke through
into what is surely the most significant caving discovery ever. A
find so significant a the United States House and Senate passed the
Protection Act to protect the delicate and scientifically
valuable resources within the cave.
Lechuguilla Cave is known to have over 114 miles of surveyed passage ways
and probably the largest variety of cave formations in the world. The
cave is over 1567 feet deer making it the deepest limestone cave in