• 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.

  • Rattlesnake Springs Area Closed

    Rattlesnake Springs area will remain closed through the weekend (9-28-14) due to hazardous road conditions and downed trees caused by torrential rains.

  • All Camping Suspended Until Further Notice

    All camping in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.

Plan A Field Trip

Fee Waivers

Here you can find all the information that you will need to complete a fee waiver application for educational field trips to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Fees will be waived for general admission into the self-guided trails for educational field trips. To qualify for a fee waiver you must:

  • Complete the entire application
  • Include a lesson plan that shows how your trip is educational in nature and connected to our resource
  • Sign the visitor rules

Please fax your fee waiver application at least three weeks in advance of your group’s visit. The park needs this amount of time to thoroughly review and respond to your request.

FAX your request to:
(575) 785.2302

If you are unable to fax, please mail your request to:

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Attention: Education Dept.
3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220

If your application is approved, a confirmation letter will be faxed to you. You will need to bring this letter with you during your visit.

UPON ARRIVAL, PLEASE LEAVE YOUR STUDENTS ON THE BUS. One teacher should check in at the Fee Desk to get your tickets. Then check in with the Information Desk to schedule your orientation. Please have students take restrooms breaks before their orientation. If your students bring lunches, they can eat them at the picnic tables in the east parking lot.

Please advise your group that temperatures in the cave are cool (56 degrees Farenheit) and therefore a jacket is strongly recommended.

You are responsible for the behavior of your group. Should a group be disrespectful (of staff or of the resource itself), your group may be asked to leave the park. It is important that all members of your group understand and follow the rules of the cave. These rules are for each individual's safety, for cave protection, and for the enjoyment of all visitors to the park.

Did You Know?

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park contains one of the few protected portions of the northern Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.