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    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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Date: October 17, 2013


CARLSBAD, New Mexico – Carlsbad Caverns National Park re-opened to visitors today, Thursday, Oct. 17. Visitors can access all public areas and travel on park roads immediately, as well as use park facilities and other public services. The park has been closed since Tuesday, Oct. 1 because of the lapse in congressional appropriations of funds to operate the national parks.

"We are excited and happy to be back at work. We welcome visitors back to Carlsbad Caverns National Park," said Chief Ranger, Lila Mohesky-Roybal.  "This is a great time of year to enjoy all that the caverns have to offer."

Visitors may tour the cavern via the natural entrance descending 750 feet on switchback trails or by taking the elevator. All regularly scheduled cave tours are available and require reservations and an additional fee.  General admission fee for the park is $10 for adults - visitors age 16 and older; age 15 and younger are free. Visitor center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last entry into the cave via the natural entrance is at 2 p.m. and last entry via the elevators is at 3:30 p.m.

For more information about open hours, cave tours, and other activities, call 575-785-2232 or visit www.nps.gov/cave 

- www.NPS.gov-

Did You Know?

Permian ocean bottom.

The limestone rock that holds Carlsbad Cavern is full of ocean fossil plants and animals from a time before the dinosaurs when the southeastern corner of New Mexico was a coastline similar to the Florida Keys.