• 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.

Resources for Local Educators

A ranger reads to a kindergarten class

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Kindergarten Program - In the Classroom

A National Park Service ranger will travel to area schools free of charge and present 30-minute educational programs to kindergarten students.

 
Fossils

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Second Grade Program - In the Classroom

A National Park Service ranger will travel to area schools free of charge and present a 60- to 90- minute educational program about fossils and paleontology to second grade students.

 
An SCA shows children bat specimens.

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Third Grade Program - In the Classroom

A National Park Service ranger will travel to area schools free of charge and present a 60- to 75-minute educational program about bats to third grade students.

 
Photo 4th grade down MC

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Fourth Grade Program - In the Park

A National Park Service ranger will provide a guided, curriculum-based tour through the natural entrance of Carlsbad Cavern.

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.