Allow more time to visit and expect lines for small elevators while large elevator system is renovated. Walking exit is steep.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Weather Alert - Dec. 5, 2013
Rain/sleet forecast, heaviest on Thurs. night. Ice accumulations possible. Sleet/snow in park. Hazardous driving conditions expected Friday AM as roads become icy. Call our information line for updates 575-785-2232, or follow us @Cavernsnps.
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?
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.