Carlsbad Caverns National Park Star Block – 8 of 61

Download the free pattern here! Carlsbad Caverns

Something I find amazing about the National Parks is that two different parks that are both so unique are located right next to each other. Over Thanksgiving my husband and I took a trip to Texas and New Mexico. We went to Guadalupe Mountains and Carlsbad Cavern National Parks. I wrote about our experience at Guadalupe Mountains here.


Carlsbad Caverns National Park is home to more than 119 caves. In the summertime thousands of Mexican Free-tailed bats exit the cave at dusk. It is said to be an amazing phenomenon. Because we visited in winter we did not see this, but it gives us a reason to return. My husband and I were excited to make this our 26th National Park visited.


While there we went to two different caves; Slaughter Canyon and the main cave. The trip to Slaughter Canyon as a guided tour. We really enjoy to do these when we have the opportunity. You learn so much more from the rangers like about the ghost looking crickets in the cave. My favorite part was when we saw a formation that looked like a Yeti.

Later on we went to the main cave. This place was HUGE! It’s amazing to have this whole world underground. You start on the surface and walk down and down and down and down. Thankfully when you get to the end there is an elevator to bring you back up. You go through a few different rooms that all have their own general feel. There is one room with pools of water which is why the block has the beautiful turquoise in it.

The quilt block for this park was inspired by Susan Davis’ designs. She sells designs still today here. This block has 6 colors in it. The yellow, brown, and gray are all colors found in the cave formations. When entering you see the green in the cactus surrounding the path; the black represents the darkness. This darkness made it difficult to capture the beauty in pictures. This is one you have to see with your own eyes.


One thought on “Carlsbad Caverns National Park Star Block – 8 of 61

  1. springleafstudios says:

    I enjoy seeing your various park adventures. The caves look so interesting but I’d never get my husband to go in. He’s too claustrophobic.


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