I think you already have an opinion so why should I add to what you're convinced of. What is the hoopla you speak of and I will gladly elaborate and since Carlsbad is the pinnacle does it really matter?I guess that's why they call it "Sorry Vista"?
"How was KC? Just wondering if it lives up to all the "hoopla". I have been to Carlsbad Caverns & did not think anything could top it.