• 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.

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?

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.