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.
Caverns Sponsors "Underground Wonderland" eFieldTrip
Contact: Marjorie Thomas, 575.785.3127
Contact: Bridget Litten, 575.785.3024
Would you like to learn more about what makes caves so special? Carlsbad Caverns National Park will help you do just that with the free electronic field trip (or eFieldTrip) “Caves: An Underground Wonderland.” This eFieldTrip is designed to teach students about karst features, cave geology, speleothem formation, cave ecosystems, and the need for cave conservation. The eFieldTrip will be available to schools and other interested participants through July 2008.
Carlsbad Caverns is sponsoring this eFieldTrip as a way to teach students from around the country, including those who may only have the opportunity to “virtually visit” the park, about the wonders of caves and their fragile ecosystems.
What do you need to participate? If you have access to the Internet at your school, in your classroom, or at home, you can participate! The web address is www.eFieldTrips.org/caves. There is no cost for your school or students to participate. Carlsbad Caverns National Park offers this program as a free educational outreach opportunity.
The eFieldTrip has four components:
For more information, or to register your school to participate, visit www.eFieldTrips.org/caves. You may also contact the park’s education office at 575.785.3127 to learn more about electronic fieldtrips and other educational activities.
Did You Know?
Jim White is the cowboy credited with being the premier explorer of Carlsbad Cavern. He began to explore the cave as a teenager in 1898, using a handmade wire ladder to descend 60 feet into the cave. For more than a decade, he couldn't convince many locals that there was much to Carlsbad Cavern.