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.
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?
Most of the formations—or speleothems—found inside Carlsbad Cavern today were active and growing during the last ice age when instead of having a desert above the cave, there were pine forests.