Allow more time to visit and expect lines for small elevators while large elevator system is renovated. Walking exit is steep.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Emergency Closure at Carlsbad Caverns
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?
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.