• 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.

  • Rattlesnake Springs Area Closed

    Rattlesnake Springs area will remain closed through the weekend (9-28-14) due to hazardous road conditions and downed trees caused by torrential rains.

  • All Camping Suspended Until Further Notice

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

ParKids

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ParKids learn about water conservation while on boat ride on the Pecos River.
NPS Photo
 

Each summer, Carlsbad Caverns National Park hosts ParKids and Teen Adventure Week camps for children going into grades two through ten. Highlights of past ParKids programs include boat trips on the Pecos River, hikes to Sitting Bull Falls, and for older ParKids, possible overnight camping trips.

Children participate in one of four week-long camps featuring fun, outdoor activities and hands-on learning about national parks and the natural world. ParKids camps are separated by grade levels, with one week each for kids going into grades two and three, grades four and five, and grades six and seven. ParKids participants hike, camp, cave, and journal about their experiences in the out-of-doors.

Teen Adventure Week is the culmination of the ParKids program. Teens going into grades eight, nine, and ten take the lessons learned in previous years as ParKids to try even more immersive outdoor experiences. Teen participants in 2013 took a two-night, three-day backpacking trip in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. On the final day of camp, they donned helmets and gloves and headed underground for a caving adventure into Lower Cave at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Organized by Carlsbad Caverns National Park, ParKids and Teen Adventure Week are interagency efforts, with presentations, guided hikes, and demonstrations from numerous federal entities, including Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Lincoln National Forest, and the Bureau of Land Management; state agencies, including the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park; local non-profit organizations, such as the National Cave and Karst Research Institute and CARC, Inc.; as well as the city of Carlsbad.

Registration for next year's ParKids day camps and Teen Adventure Week will open in April 2014. Please contact the Carlsbad Caverns National Park Education department at (575) 785-3127 with questions.

 

Did You Know?

Permian ocean bottom.

The limestone rock that holds Carlsbad Cavern is full of ocean fossil plants and animals from a time before the dinosaurs when the southeastern corner of New Mexico was a coastline similar to the Florida Keys.