• 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.

Group Visitation Rules

Park staff want this to be an enjoyable visit for you and your group and/or students. Please review the following rules before your trip to Carlsbad Caverns National Park:

  1. Students and group participants (to include scouting groups, civic or special-interest clubs and organizations, church groups, etc.) must stay with adult chaperones at all times. Each chaperone may have NO MORE THAN 10 (ten) students or minors accompanying them.* Each adult should be assigned a group of students/participants and must maintain control of that group.
  2. Stay on the cave trail at all times; the cave floor is very delicate and can be hazardous.
  3. Talk quietly to allow yourself and others to enjoy the cave’s natural silence.
  4. Cave pools are not wishing wells. Do not throw anything in the pools. Foreign materials introduce new bacteria. The native bacteria may not be able to compete with the foreign bacteria, and thus, may be eliminated.
  5. Tobacco use of any kind is not permitted anywhere in the caves.
  6. Gum, food and drinks (other than plain water) are not allowed on the cave trail system. The odor from gum and food can attract animals not normally found in the cave. Once they are in the cave, they often cannot find their way out.
  7. Do not touch cave formations, walls, or ceilings. Oils and dirt from hands can permanently damage and stain the caves.
  8. Do not collect anything natural to the park.

*A fee waiver may be revoked and payment required if your group does not follow the rules, behaves inappropriately, and/or arrives with an inadequate ratio of students/adults.

Did You Know?

Evening bat flight at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Nearly 400,000 Brazilian (more commonly called Mexican) Free-tailed bats call Carlsbad Cavern home in the summer... and all they want to do each night is eat bugs... several tons of them!