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.
The National Park Service prepares a variety of planning and environmental documents to help guide it in managing park resources. These documents can range from site-specific impact analyses on facility locations to broader park-wide plans for future use and management of a park. The Planning, Environment and Public Comment site contains all of the currently active plans and environmental documents for the National Park Service.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park produces a number of planning documents in the course of careful deliberations about park management issues. The following are planning and other associated documents the park has completed in the last few years.
Wastewater System Rehabilitation FONSI – June 2007 [567k PDF]
Wastewater System Rehabilitation EA – March 2007 [1278k PDF]
Reconstruction of Visitor Center Parking Areas and Rehabilitation of Walnut Canyon Entrance Road EA – January 2007 [1363k PDF]
Cave and Karst Management Plan EA – 2006 [1852k PDF]
Fire Management Plan FONSI – 2005 [2604k PDF]
Fire Management Plan EA – 2005 [3006k PDF]
Fire Management Plan – 2005 [1550k PDF]
Carlsbad Cavern Resource Protection Implementation Plan and EA – 2002 [1881k PDF]
Glossary of Terms
Did You Know?
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.