• 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.

  • All Camping & Backcountry Caving Suspended Until Further Notice

    All camping and backcountry/recreational caving in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.

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?

Ice-age sloth

Bones from ice age animals like jaguars, camels, lions and giant sloths have been found in the entrance areas of some caves in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.