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    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.

March for Parks - 2014

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Date: April 9, 2014

March for Parks – Annual Fund Raiser for Local Parks

CARLSBAD, New Mexico – March for Parks is an annual fund raising walk that has raised approximately $74,000, locally, since 1995. The funds have been used to purchase  playground equipment, shade trees, a watering system, garden plots, benches, and "safe landings" for playground areas in our community. In addition, the funds have been used to sponsor "Let Nature Be Your Teacher" local school field trips, and projects benefiting city parks and school playgrounds such as: Joe Stanley Smith, Riverside, Puckett, and Sunset to name a few. This year, a portion of the money will help fund improvements at Happy Valley Community Park as well as sponsor various school field trips.

March for Parks will take place all across the US on April 26 with local environmental, school, youth, business, and other park-advocate groups organizing events in their own communities. Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, US Forest Service, Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park and the Happy Valley Community are sponsoring this year's event in Carlsbad.

The 1-mile walk will begin with registration between 8:45 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. at the base of the Ocotillo Trail on the NMSU-Carlsbad campus. Walkers will proceed up the trail to the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park. Events at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. and will include refreshments, activities, and prizes for the participants.  Please bring water, sunscreen, a hat and wear appropriate walking shoes.  For traffic safety, Carlsbad Police Department will patrol the route.

If you need additional information contact Sam Durbin at 575.785.3134.

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Did You Know?

Jim White in Carlsbad Cavern.

Jim White is the cowboy credited with being the premier explorer of Carlsbad Cavern. He began to explore the cave as a teenager in 1898, using a handmade wire ladder to descend 60 feet into the cave. For more than a decade, he couldn't convince many locals that there was much to Carlsbad Cavern.