Witches Broom – Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Witches Broom in Kings Palace at Carlsbad Caverns

Over 800 feet below the earth visitors can tour the Papoose Room of the Kings Palace, Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. It’s the major thought-provoking formation in the Papoose Room, located between the King’s Palace and Queen’s Chamber. The broom is in the far right of the photo. It takes imagination, but you can make out a hat, a pointy shoe, a dress and a leg is not formal names, but ones interpreted over the years by rangers. The formation is made up of draperies, columns, and stalagmites. The most interesting find around this formation are the thousands of bat bones on the floor, some covered in flowstone. Meaning that bats utilized this area 800 feet below the earth before venturing out for their nightly dining.


Photograph – © Christena Stephens Photography