For those of us who are fans of short adventures but are trying not to leave the couch right now, this virtual tour of Carlsbad Caverns is exactly what we need! Thanks to technology, we can feel like we’re actually being led by our own personal tour guide who explains the history of each place as we move our cursor 360 degrees.

When you think about visiting a National Park, you might think of lots of trees, and fresh air, and wildlife. But this is a different kind of National Park.

This one is mostly underground. Think of it as the Grand Canyon, but with a roof and 1,000 feet below the ground.

It starts out pitch black at the Carlsbad Caverns National Park because this online tour is a truly authentic experience. From this virtual tour, you can explore the depths of these massive caves that has literally never seen natural light.

You can follow the tour guide as she navigates you through this ancient labyrinth covered in stalactites and stalagmites.

At any time, you can place the cursor on the screen and move the picture around to adjust your own personal view.

You’ll explore the Big Room that’s really big. Like, as large as six football fields. Some areas also contain shallow underground, naturally made pools.

There’s even a massive “bottomless pit” you are sure to be mesmerized by.

The tour will give you the experience of what it's like to be one of the cave's locals, a bat! You can soar into the evening sky and then use your echolocation to navigate through the tunnels.

If you tend to be a bit on the claustrophobic side, no worries.  In real life, your exploration will inevitably include tight spaces and slippery sidewalks that lead to a dangerous drop.

But this virtual tour has your back because the furthest you’re going is from your couch to the floor.

Although there’s nothing in the world quite like witnessing Mother Nature when she flexes her wild side, this virtual tour is a super close second. 

Thanks, technology!

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