• 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.

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?

Jim White, Amelia Earhart and others at Carlsbad Cave National Monument in 1928.

The first "official" and very influential book on Jim White's adventures in Carlsbad Cavern was written in 1930 by a newsman who at best would today be called a tabloid journalist.