• 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.

Parks as Classrooms

Helen and sam at entrance fourth graders

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Resources for Local Educators

Here you will find a list of available ranger-guided, curriculum-based programs, both onsite and offsite. Programs for kindergarten, second, third, and fourth grade are currently available.

 
Carlsbad Caverns entrance sign

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Plan a Field Trip

Visit Carlsbad Caverns with your students for a fulfilling, educational experience. Find resources for planning your trip, fee waivers, and more.

 
shaft of light

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Curriculum Materials

Incorporate Carlsbad Caverns curriculum into your classroom. Review several different lesson plans and curricula.

 
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ParKids

ParKids Camps are fun and engaging weeklong summer camps in June that provide opportunites for kids to actively enjoy the national parks and surrounding areas while learning about stewardship and natural resources. Please contact Carlsbad Caverns National Park for more information.

Did You Know?

The natural entrance of Carlsbad Cavern.

In 2003, a park employee found a piece of a stone scraper within view of Carlsbad Cavern's entrance that goes back to Ice Age Indian hunters. In 2004, archeologists found fragments of two spear points of the Midland-style Paleo Indian projectile points of some 10,000 years ago.