• 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.

  • 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.

Microsoft Word Format

Complete Curriculum [1,608k]

Table of Contents & Introduction [261k]

Lesson Plans [1382k]

Benchmarks, Glossary & Supplies List [478k]

Adobe Acrobat Format

Complete Curriculum [811k]

Table of Contents & Introduction [420k]

Lesson Plans [683k]

Benchmarks, Glossary & Supplies List [478k]

There is also a series of slides that compliment the lesson plans. The slides are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format:

Slides 1 to 20 [1112k]

Slides 21 to 40 [1073]

Slides 41 to 60 [1083k]

Slides 61-79 [1149k]

Slides 80 to 83 [185k]

Slide 84 [337k]

Slides 85 to 86 [102k]

Slides 87 to 103 [96k]

Slides 104 to 109 [511k]

Slides 110 to 115 [371k]

Slides 116 to 124 [408k]

For more information on the park’s education programs, write, call, or e-mail the addresses below:

Education Specialist

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

3225 National Parks Highway Carlsbad, NM 88220



Did You Know?

Ice-age sloth

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.