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.
Celebrate Jr. Ranger Day
Celebrate Junior Ranger Day at Carlsbad Caverns National Park
CARLSBAD, New Mexico – Kids! Do you love to explore natural areas and learn about art, science, history and nature while helping to protect special places? Become part of a very special group that has been going strong since the 1930's – National Park Junior Rangers!
On Saturday, April 27, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will host its 7th Annual Junior Ranger Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All young visitors (ages 4-12) will have the opportunity to complete activities in a free Junior Ranger booklet and earn a special certificate and commemorative patch. In addition, rangers will lead free activities for kids all day long including workshops to create your own bat masks and finger puppets, plus lots of other surprises!
The park's famous caverns will also be open, so you and your family can enjoy exploring the Big Room. You can either walk down through the natural entrance or ride an elevator 750 feet down. The visitor center will be open from 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.
Did You Know?
In 2003, a park employee found a piece of a stone scraper within view of Carlsbad Cavern's entrance that goes back to Ice Age Indian hunters. In 2004, archeologists found fragments of two spear points of the Midland-style Paleo Indian projectile points of some 10,000 years ago.