• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

There are park alerts in effect.
hide Alerts »
  • 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.

  • All Camping & Backcountry Caving Suspended Until Further Notice

    All camping and backcountry/recreational caving in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.

Annual Rock of Ages Historic Lantern Tour

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: November 25, 2013

Annual Rock of Ages Historic Lantern Tour

CARLSBAD, New Mexico - For two special nights in December, park rangers will present Rock of Ages Historic Lantern Tours inside the Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns. This annual event will take visitors back in time where they will meet park staff re-creators who will tell the stories of past explorers, scientists and rangers who helped weave the historic fabric of this spectacular national park.

The two-hour candlelit tour concludes with a re-creation of the Rock of Ages Ceremony, which was regularly conducted in the Big Room during the 1930s and '40s. At the conclusion of the tour, all candles are extinguished, immersing visitors in total darkness as local artists sing the hymn "Rock of Ages."

Rock of Ages Historic Lantern Tour tickets are available now for Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14. The tour is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-15 (children under 5 are not permitted). Reservations are required as each tour is limited to 40 people.

Tickets may be purchased by phone at 575.785.3152 or in person at the park visitor center, which is open daily 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving Day).

                                              - www.NPS.gov -






Did You Know?

Jim White in Carlsbad Cavern.

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.