• 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.

  • Rattlesnake Springs Area Closed

    Rattlesnake Springs area will remain closed through the weekend (9-28-14) due to hazardous road conditions and downed trees caused by torrential rains.

  • All Camping Suspended Until Further Notice

    All camping in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.

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described in the act of Congress approved May 14, 1930 (Public, No. 216), be, and the same are hereby, temporarily withdrawn in aid of classification, subject to valid existing claims: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?

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!