One of the more quirky destinations in New Mexico is Carlsbad Caverns. Located 228 metres below the surface is a diner/lunchroom that is frozen in the middle of the 20th century. The eatery sells cold cuts and food stuffs that don’t require cooking (as they don’t have cooking facilities), along with souvenirs.
Over the ensuing decades, many millions of people have visited and stopped at the Underground Lunchroom for refreshments or to post off a postcard, postmarked ‘750 feet below ground’.
Although the park’s management maintain the park in a sustainable way, they are planning to preserve the authenticity of this surreal time capsule for posterity.
Carlsbad Caverns have been an important location for human settlement for thousands of years. In 2003, a national park employee found a stone implement near to the entrance of the cavern that goes back to the Ice Age Indian hunter gatherer culture. Then in 2004, archaeologists found fragments of two spear points of the Midland-style Paleo Indian style, dating from approximately 10,000 years ago.