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.
Martin Luther King Jr Day
CELEBRATE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
For Immediate Release – January 15, 2014
Contact: Valerie Gohlke 575-785-3090
CARLSBAD, New Mexico – In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, entrance fees will be waived at Carlsbad Caverns National Park on Monday, January 20. 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.
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Did You Know?
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.