• 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 Caverns National Park -- Executive Order

Executive Order No. 5370 — Withdrawal of Public Lands for Classification
New Mexico

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), and subject to the conditions therein expressed, it is hereby ordered that the public lands within the following areas in the State of New Mexico, described in the act of Congress approved May 14, 1930 (Public, No. 216), be, and the same are hereby, temporarily withdrawn in aid of classification, subject to valid existing claims:

New Mexico Principal Meridian

In T. 24 S., R. 22 E., secs. 1, 12, and 13;
In T. 24 S., R. 23 E., secs. 1 to 18, inclusive, 20 to 24, inclusive;
In T. 24 S., R. 24 E., secs. 1 to 24, inclusive;
In T. 24 S., R. 25 E., secs. 6, 7, 18, and 19.

This order shall continue in full force and effect unless and until revoked by the President or by act of Congress.


HERBERT HOOVER

THE WHITE HOUSE,
June 17, 1930

Did You Know?

Jim White in Carlsbad Cavern.

Jim White is the cowboy credited with being the premier explorer of Carlsbad Cavern. He began to explore the cave as a teenager in 1898, using a handmade wire ladder to descend 60 feet into the cave. For more than a decade, he couldn't convince many locals that there was much to Carlsbad Cavern.