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    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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Carlsbad Cave National Monument -- Supplemental Executive Order

Supplemental Executive Order No. 4870

It appearing that certain public lands in New Mexico should be withdrawn in addition to those described in Executive Order of April 2, 1924 (No. 3984), it is hereby ordered, under authority of the act of Congress approved June 25, 1910 (36 Stat. 847), as amended by the act of August 24, 1912 (37 Stat. 497), that the public lands in the following described area be, and the same are hereby, temporarily withdrawn from settlement, location, sale or entry subject to the conditions and limitations of said acts, for classification and pending determination as to the advisability of reserving same for national park or monument purposes:


In T. 24 S., R. 25 E., Secs. 27, 28, 33 and 34.
This order shall continue in full force and effect unless and until revoked by the President or by act of Congress.


May 3, 1928

Did You Know?

The Hall of Giants in Carlsbad Cavern.

The 119 caves of Carlsbad Caverns National Park were carved out not by running water and streams like many limestone caves in the world, rather these caves were dissolved by very aggressive sulfuric acid.