Carlsbad Caverns National Park

CountryUnited States of America
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationEddy County, State of New Mexico
CoordinatesN32 10 0 W104 22 60
Inscription Date1995
Property (ha)18,926
Type of HeritageNatural
CriteriaTo contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance
CriteriaTo be outstanding examples representing major stages of earth's history; including the record of life; significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms; or significant geomorphic or physiographic features
Unesco Reference Number721
DescriptionThis karst landscape in the state of New Mexico comprises over 80 recognized caves. They are outstanding not only for their size but also for the profusion, diversity and beauty of their mineral formations. Lechuguilla Cave stands out from the others, providing an underground laboratory where geological and biological processes can be studied in a pristine setting.
StatusWorld Heritage Site