• 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.

On-line Park Fun

No time to visit the park? Planning on visiting the park in the future? Here are some fun online fieldtrips, games, etc. to help you learn all about the National Park Service and Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Learn all about national parks by becoming a WebRanger!
Learn all about national parks by becoming a WebRanger!
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This is a National Park Service website for children of all ages. If you love national parks, this is the site for you! If you are new to national parks, this site will help you experience how wonderful they can be!

Take a look at World Heritage Site Jr Ranger webpage.

Electronic Fieldtrips
The park offers three electronic fieldtrips (EFTs). To visit the “bats” electronic fieldtrip, go to www.efieldtrips.org/bats. To visit the “caves” electronic fieldtrip, go to www.efieldtrips.org/caves. The final electronic fieldtrip “Caves: Nature’s Plumbing System” is about geology. To visit this site, go to www.bsu.edu/eft, and then click on “Past Field Trips.”).

Speleothem Matching [891k PDF file]
Can you identify real cave decorations from Carlsbad Caverns National Park?

Speleothem Challenge [792k PDF file]
Can you pick out all the different speleothems in each picture?


Did You Know?

Bowl flax.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park contains one of the few protected portions of the northern Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.