Cave Lighting Project
We are undergoing a year-long lighting project in the cavern. Please be aware of caution tape along pathways inside the cave and use due care.
Scenic Loop Road Closed
The 9-mile scenic Loop Road (Desert Drive) is closed due to weather damage. The road will reopen as soon as repairs are done. This scenic road does not affect road access to the visitor center or the cave.
Fee Free Weekend
FEE FREE WEEKEND AT CARLSBAD CAVERNS
CARLSBAD, New Mexico – In honor of Veterans Day, entrance fees will be waived at Carlsbad Caverns National Park for the federal holiday weekend (Saturday, Nov. 9 through Monday, Nov. 11). The waiver of park entry fees includes Carlsbad Caverns and the 264 other National Park Service (NPS) sites across the country that charge admission. Admission to the rest of NPS's 401 parks already is free.
Besides entry into the park itself, free admission into the self-guided Big Room and Natural Entrance portions of Carlsbad Caverns are included in this nationwide celebration. Additional fees are still required for special ranger-guided tours that include King's Palace, Left Hand Tunnel, Lower Cave, Spider Cave and Slaughter Canyon Cave.
Winter hours are now in effect at the park. The visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Last entry into the cave via the natural entrance is 2 p.m. and last entry via the elevators is 3:30 p.m.
For more information about Carlsbad Caverns hours, cave tours and other activities, call 575-785-2232 or visit www.nps.gov/cave.
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.