• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    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.

  • All Camping & Backcountry Caving Suspended Until Further Notice

    All camping and backcountry/recreational caving in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.

Martin Luther King Jr Day

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Date: January 15, 2014

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?

Permian ocean bottom.

The limestone rock that holds Carlsbad Cavern is full of ocean fossil plants and animals from a time before the dinosaurs when the southeastern corner of New Mexico was a coastline similar to the Florida Keys.