Crystal Cave Natural Bridges in Lincoln County, New Mexico
Photo by Jay Wilbur
NABSQNO 13S-499960-3780110. Crystal Cave Natural Bridges is a cluster of four waterfall natural bridges eroded through San Andres limestone. The cluster is located at the mouth of Crystal Cave, on private property, in Lincoln County, New Mexico. Access to the cave, and this cluster of arches, requires the permission of the landowner. This is usually granted if it is sought well in advance and in writing.
Crystal Cave is a popular destination for spelunkers for two reasons. First, there are two large outcrops of gypsum crystals within the cave. Second, many think the cave was one of Billy-the-Kid's hideouts during the Lincoln County Wars.
Two of the four arches in the cluster are shown above. The largest, pictured on the left, has a span of 12 feet and a height of 8 feet. The others are smaller.