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.
All Camping & Backcountry Caving Suspended Until Further Notice
All camping and backcountry/recreational caving in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.
High School Geology Curriculum
Our high school geology curriculum guide is a comprehensive geology guide supported by the National Park Service “Geologist-in-the-Parks” program. While emphasizing the regional geology of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and cavern formation, it also provides a general overview of geologic history and processes. Lessons include field trip trips to the Permian strata and caverns in conjunction with hands-on, introductory college-style laboratories to provide background geologic concepts. A glossary, maps, photos, and additional resources are also provided.
The high school curriculum guide is available for download in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats. It is also available as complete documents or broken down into chapters.
There is also a series of slides that compliment the lesson plans. The slides are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format:
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For more information on the park’s education programs, write, call, or e-mail the addresses below:
Did You Know?
Bones from ice age animals like jaguars, camels, lions and giant sloths have been found in the entrance areas of some caves in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.