• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • 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.

Emergency Closure at Carlsbad Caverns

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Date: July 23, 2012
Contact: Paula Bauer

The Carlsbad Caverns National Park visitor center and cave closed at 2:00 pm today due to what appears to be contamination in the air from construction work in the elevator shaft. Visitors can call the park's information line at 575-785-2232 to receive a message on the status of the closure.

"The park is doing everything possible find the source of the contamination and remedy the situation," stated Carlsbad Caverns National Park Superintendent John Benjamin. "We need to err on the side of safety and will open the visitor center and cave as soon as we possibly can."

The evening batflight programs will continue to be given by park rangers at the batflight amphitheater nightly. Call 575-785-3012 for the time of the program.

Did You Know?

Jim White, Amelia Earhart and others at Carlsbad Cave National Monument in 1928.

The first "official" and very influential book on Jim White's adventures in Carlsbad Cavern was written in 1930 by a newsman who at best would today be called a tabloid journalist.