After we left Big Bend, we headed to Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. When we arrived at our campsite, it was incredibly hot (the only thing that makes the heat manageable is the lack of humidity) and the Airstream took a long, long time to cool down after baking in the sun on the hot, hot roads! After a few hours though, the sun wasn't quite as strong and we were able to enjoy a sunset walk around the lake where we were staying.
The State Park where we stayed had
After spending a significant amount of time at the caves, we headed over to the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. This park was not originally on our itinerary, but with it only being 30 minutes away, we thought it worth the drive. The Guadalupe Mountains are significant because many geologists consider the rocks of the Guadalupes one of the best examples of exposed fossil reef in the world. We toured the very interesting visitors station and saw El Capitan.
That evening, to celebrate the 4th of July, we found spectacular fireworks on the Pecos River in Carlsbad. They were some of the best fireworks we've seen! It was the perfect end to the day.
Next stop, White Sands Monument....