• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • Scenic Loop Road Closed

    The 9-mile scenic Loop Road (Desert Drive) is closed due to flood damage. The road will reopen as soon as repairs are done. This scenic road does not affect access to the visitor center or the cave.

  • Rattlesnake Springs Area Closed

    Rattlesnake Springs area will remain closed through the weekend (9-28-14) due to hazardous road conditions and downed trees caused by torrential rains.

  • All Camping Suspended Until Further Notice

    All camping in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.

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?

Lake Chandelier in Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Scientists are studying "extremophile" microbes in the highly protected and almost pristine Lechuguilla Cave that are leading scientists towards generating a possible cure for cancer.