• 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.

  • Scenic Loop Road Closed

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

For Kids

Kids twelve and over might like to try the Spider Cave tour!
If you are at least 12 years old and you think you'd like crawling through tight passageways, you might like the Spider Cave tour!
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park offers a variety of wonderful opportunities for children to learn about the natural resources of the park.

Caves are amazing places for curious kids—an often heard question in the cave is “Where does that hole go?” Find out by going on a ranger-led tour! You can also participate in the self-guided tours of Carlsbad Cavern—there’s even an audio guide just for kids! Attend an evening bat flight program and become a Junior Ranger, great ways to discover why this national park is so special.

Did You Know?

Ice-age sloth

Bones from ice age animals like jaguars, camels, lions and giant sloths have been found in the entrance areas of some caves in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.