• 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.

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?

Soda straws in Carlsbad Cavern.

Most of the formations—or speleothems—found inside Carlsbad Cavern today were active and growing during the last ice age when instead of having a desert above the cave, there were pine forests.