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.
Foot Bridge Replacement Completed on April 23 at Carlsbad Caverns
Carlsbad Caverns National Park announces that a walking bridge located on the trail between the park visitor center and Carlsbad Cavern natural entrance has been replaced and is open again for foot traffic. The new bridge replaces an old one that had been in place for several decades and showed signs of severe rust damage.
"Ruben Castillo, the park's General Operations Foreman, and his crew planned, fabricated, and installed the new bridge," explains Carlsbad Caverns National Park Facility Manager Chuck Burton. "They overcame tricky logistics in getting the bridge components to the worksite, and all the work was carried out safely, without incident, and in less time than anticipated."
During the seven days that the bridge was unavailable, visitors accessed the cave's natural entrance route by way of the nature trail, an additional half-mile walk. Elevator service was an option available directly between the visitor center and Big Room and guided tours in Carlsbad Cavern.
Through April 29, the park will join in the countrywide National Park Week celebration and waive entry fees. At Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the general entry fee includes the Natural Entrance and Big Room routes. Fees for audio guides and ranger guided tours will still apply. For a complete list of cave tours and programs and park operating hours, please visit the park's website, www.nps.gov/cave.
Did You Know?
The 120 caves of Carlsbad Caverns National Park were carved out not by running water and streams like many limestone caves in the world, rather these caves were dissolved by very aggressive sulfuric acid.