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Lechuguilla Cave

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  Lechuguilla Cave Protection Act to protect the delicate and scientifically valuable resources within the cave.

Today 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 the US.


The cave is named after the lechuguilla bushes that grow in the surrounding desert. 


Related Links & Resources:
Lechuguilla Photo Map - Click on Circle to see photo of area
Park Service Cave Page


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