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.
Opportunities for Exploration
Carlsbad Caverns National Park offers many levels of exploration or adventure trips to the public. The park offers ranger-guided tours of off trail areas in Carlsbad Cavern, Slaughter Canyon Cave, and Spider Cave. For those people with technical caving skills, the park also offers both self-guided and ranger- guided permits to several caves in the park backcountry.
Ranger Guided, Off-Trail Tours
Did You Know?
Scientists are studying "extremophile" microbes in the highly protected and almost pristine Lechuguilla Cave that are leading scientists towards generating a possible cure for cancer.