• 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.

  • Scenic Loop Road Closed

    The 9-mile scenic Loop Road (Desert Drive) is closed due to weather damage. The road will reopen as soon as repairs are done. This scenic road does not affect road access to the visitor center or the cave.

Freedom Of Information Act

All requests for information about Carlsbad Caverns National Park made through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) must be submitted to the park's Public Affairs Specialist.

Please direct all correspondence to:

Public Affairs Specialist
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220

For more information on how to file a FOIA request, please visit the Department of the Interior's Freedom of Information Act Program website at www.doi.gov/foia.

Did You Know?

Permian ocean bottom.

The limestone rock that holds Carlsbad Cavern is full of ocean fossil plants and animals from a time before the dinosaurs when the southeastern corner of New Mexico was a coastline similar to the Florida Keys.