• 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.

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It appearing that certain public lands in New Mexico should be withdrawn in addition to those described in Executive Order of April 2, 1924 (No. 3984), it is hereby ordered, under authority of the act of Congress approved June 25,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1912 (37 Stat. 497), that the public lands in the following described area be, and the same are hereby, temporarily withdrawn from settlement, location, sale or entry subject to the conditions and limitations of said acts, for classification and pending determination as to the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

Evening bat flight at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Nearly 400,000 Brazilian (more commonly called Mexican) Free-tailed bats call Carlsbad Cavern home in the summer... and all they want to do each night is eat bugs... several tons of them!