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.
Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains Implement Fire Restrictions
Contact: Bridget Litten, 575.785.3024
Contact: Fred Armstrong, 915.828.3251 ext. 251
With little measurable precipitation at Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks over the last few months, coupled with above average temperatures, high winds and low relative humidities, the fire danger at both parks is high.
While open fires are prohibited at all times within both parks, the following additional restrictions have been implemented due to this high fire danger:
These restrictions are being put into effect due to the high fire danger in both parks and southeastern New Mexico and west Texas. Park visitors are advised to use extreme caution and report any hazardous situations or smoke to a park ranger. These restrictions will remain in effect until further notice.
Violators may be fined and held responsible for resource damage, injuries to people, and costs of fire suppression efforts.
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.