• 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.

  • All Camping & Backcountry Caving Suspended Until Further Notice

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


Roundnose minnows (Dionda episcopa) in the pond at Rattlesnake Springs.
Roundnose Minnows (Dionda episcopa) in the pond at Rattlesnake Springs.
NPS Photo by Kristin Dorman-Johnson

Five species of fish have been found at Rattlesnake Springs. Two of these species are native-Roundnose Minnow and Greenthroat Darter. The other three species are non-native fish and they include Green Sunfish, Largemouth Bass, and Western Mosquitofish. In the summer of 2007, a project was completed to remove the non-native Green Sunfish and Largemouth Bass from the pond. These fish were relocated to an appropriate location on the Pecos River, where they are native. The Western Mosquitofish have only been found in the natural channel and these fish are removed when found.

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Lake Chandelier in Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

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.