Allow more time to visit and expect lines for small elevators while large elevator system is renovated. Walking exit is steep.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Plan A Field Trip
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:
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:
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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?
The first "official" and very influential book on Jim White's adventures in Carlsbad Cavern was written in 1930 by a newsman who at best would today be called a tabloid journalist.