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.
Second Grade Program
This education program will provide an overview of fossils and paleontology in the Carlbad, NM, area. Students will engage in hands-on learning activities and exercises, such as a pretend "dig site" that will be challenging, yet fun and rewarding. The second grade program has been developed to meet New Mexico Academic Standards and the CORE Standards.
Second 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 years, but must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.
Did You Know?
The 120 caves of Carlsbad Caverns National Park were carved out not by running water and streams like many limestone caves in the world, rather these caves were dissolved by very aggressive sulfuric acid.