• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • Cave Lighting Project

    We are undergoing a year-long lighting project in the cavern. Please be aware of caution tape along pathways inside the cave and use due care.

Be A Junior Ranger

Become a Carlsbad Caverns National Park Junior Ranger! Learn about the natural wonders of the park and how you can help preserve them for the future. To become a Junior Ranger, request a free junior ranger activity book at the visitor center. While the program is available for download below, only children visiting the park can complete the requirements necessary to earn the patch or badge.

After completing the age appropriate requirements, and reviewing their work with a ranger, participants will be awarded an official Junior Ranger patch or badge.

To download the Junior Ranger Program:

0 - 6 years

7 - 12 years


Take a look at the World Heritage Site Junior Ranger webpage.

You may also be interested in the National Park Service WebRanger Program. Children can earn a patch through the mail by playing games and learning about National Parks online.

Did You Know?

Permian ocean bottom.

The limestone rock that holds Carlsbad Cavern is full of ocean fossil plants and animals from a time before the dinosaurs when the southeastern corner of New Mexico was a coastline similar to the Florida Keys.