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.
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 limestone rock that holds Carlsbad Cavern is full of ocean fossil plants and animals from a time before the dinosaurs when the southeastern corner of New Mexico was a coastline similar to the Florida Keys.