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.
There are three separate programs available: comparing cave swallows and bats, bat counting, and bat measurement. Students will engage in hands-on learning activities and exercises that will be challenging, yet fun and rewarding. These programs have been developed to meet New Mexico Academic Standards and the CORE Standards.
Kindergarten 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. These programs are offered throughout the school year, but they must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.
Did You Know?
Most of the formations—or speleothems—found inside Carlsbad Cavern today were active and growing during the last ice age when instead of having a desert above the cave, there were pine forests.