• 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.

Fourth Grade Program

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This educational program will provide an overview of habitat types with specific emphasis on cave systems, local wildlife, bat biology, basic geology, identifying types of formations, as well as to early human history and exploration of Carlsbad Caverns. Students will engage in hands-on learning activities and exercises that will be challenging, yet fun and rewarding. The students will need to be at the park for approximately 3.5 hours to participate in this program. The fourth grade program has been developed to meet New Mexico Academic Standards and the CORE Standards.

Fourth grade teachers interested in hosting a ranger program for their class should contact the Carlsbad Caverns National Park Education office at (575) 785-3127 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This program is offered throughout the school year, but must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. This program is intensive and tends to fill up fast in the spring, so don't wait!

Did You Know?

Jim White in Carlsbad Cavern.

Jim White is the cowboy credited with being the premier explorer of Carlsbad Cavern. He began to explore the cave as a teenager in 1898, using a handmade wire ladder to descend 60 feet into the cave. For more than a decade, he couldn't convince many locals that there was much to Carlsbad Cavern.