• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • 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.

Carlsbad Cave National Monument -- Supplemental Executive Order

Supplemental Executive Order No. 4870

It appearing that certain public lands in New Mexico should be withdrawn in addition to those described in Executive Order of April 2, 1924 (No. 3984), it is hereby ordered, under authority of the act of Congress approved June 25, 1910 (36 Stat. 847), as amended by the act of August 24, 1912 (37 Stat. 497), that the public lands in the following described area be, and the same are hereby, temporarily withdrawn from settlement, location, sale or entry subject to the conditions and limitations of said acts, for classification and pending determination as to the advisability of reserving same for national park or monument purposes:


In T. 24 S., R. 25 E., Secs. 27, 28, 33 and 34.
This order shall continue in full force and effect unless and until revoked by the President or by act of Congress.


May 3, 1928

Did You Know?

Permian ocean bottom.

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.