Carlsbad Caverns, Roswell Alien museum, Tombstone Thursday, March 14, 2019 9:00 AM

Inland Empire Free Riders

Carlsbad Caverns
Hidden underground, where the plains of New Mexico’s Chihuahuan Desert meet the rugged Guadalupe Mountains lie the Carlsbad Caverns. They're best known as some of the deepest, largest, and most unique caverns ever found. They are unlike other caves due to their immense size and grand height of their rooms. Carlsbad Caverns has 117 caves, the longest of which is over 120 miles (190 km) long. The "Big Room" is almost 4,000 feet (1,200 m) long, and the caves are home to over 400,000 Mexican Free-tailed Bats and sixteen other species.

Will Rogers once called the cavern the "Grand Canyon with a roof on it". Spectacular formations of dripping stalactites, rising stalagmites (some six stories tall) delicate soda straws, cave pools, shimmering popcorn, and brilliant speleothems give the caves an ornate, otherworldly appearance.

Although native Americans, Mexican troops, and early settlers left their influence on the area, visitors have a 16-year old cowhand named Jim White to thank for bringing Carlsbad into the limelight. White extensively explored the caves starting in 1898 and named many of its chambers and features. He led tours for fascinated nearby residents and invited photographers to publicize the area. Later photographers of the caves would include Ansel Adams. Access was via pulleys, rope and a guano-harvesting bucket. The park was designated a national monument in 1923, gained national park status in 1930, and was named a World Heritage Site in 1995

Roswell Alien Museum
Maybe you believe, and maybe you don't. For those unfamiliar with the alien subject, the presence of any aliens at Roswell NM will forever be categorized as "alledged". For those who have researched this subject for the last few decades, the evidence is overwhelming. In any case, we'll take a look at the town, where the June 1947 crash occured, and the museum that attempts to showcase the alledged events.

Itinerary and Accomodations:
Day 1, 501 miles: We depart from Georges Burgers in Colton CA, and head for Tombstone AZ. We will stay at the Larian Hotel, right next to the famous "E Allen St." in Tombstone AZ. The hotel address is 410 Fremont Street, Tombstone, AZ 85638. (520)[masked]

Day 2, 451 miles: After sightseeing at E Allen St., we will head to Carlsbad NM and stay at the Great Western Inn & Suites, 3804 National Parks Hwy, Carlsbad, NM 88220. Tel: (575)[masked]

Day 3, 107 miles: After breakfast, we will head to the Carlsbad Caverns visitor center, and prepare for our underground jouney. After seeing the Carlsbad Caverns, will will travel north to Roswell NM to see the International UFO Museum and Research Center located at: 114 N Main Street, Roswell, New Mexico. We will stay in town at the Comfort Suites Roswell, located at 3610 N Main St, Roswell, NM[masked]. Tel: (575)[masked]

Day 4, 475 miles: We will head out of Roswell to Tucson AZ. We will stay at the Red Lion Inn and Suites located at: 7411 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ[masked]. Tel: (520)[masked]

Day 5, 427 miles: Heading for home. We will depart Tucson AZ. We will stop for food and gas along the way, and take breaks whenever possible.

On this trip, you will see the mother of all caves systems, and begin to wonder, how many more exist in the world, and you might wonder; is it possible that intelligent subterranean creatures could live there? There are witness accounts,.....

Attending: 11

George's Burgers 1320 E Washington St ColtonCA  92324