• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • Elevator Renovations

    Allow more time to visit and expect lines for small elevators while large elevator system is renovated. Walking exit is steep.

  • 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.

Cave-/Caving-Related Links

Caving Organizations
There are many national and local caving organizations and other groups that support cave education, conservation, and research. This page lists some of them and will provide you with more information that you may find useful.

Educational Resources
Teachers, outdoor schools, and groups such as the Boy and Girl Scouts may wish to integrate caving into their curriculum or activities. These resources will help guide you towards curriculum-based educational programs and other useful resources.

Did You Know?

The natural entrance of Carlsbad Cavern.

In 2003, a park employee found a piece of a stone scraper within view of Carlsbad Cavern's entrance that goes back to Ice Age Indian hunters. In 2004, archeologists found fragments of two spear points of the Midland-style Paleo Indian projectile points of some 10,000 years ago.