• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • 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.


    The park is closing early today, at 1:00 p.m. (9-12-14) due to potential flash road flooding. Please check our general information line for updates for the weekend at 575/785-2232.

National Park Week Fee Free Weekend

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Date: April 9, 2014

Go Wild for Carlsbad Caverns National Park!

Celebrate National Park Week with Free Admission and Special Events

 CARLSBAD, New Mexico - Go wild for the history, nature trails, archeology, caves and bats of  Carlsbad Caverns National Park during National Park Week, April 19 through 27, 2014. To get the celebration going, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will waive entrance fees on April 19 and 20 - additional fees are still required for special ranger-guided tours.

In addition to National Park Week, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will celebrate Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 19. Special Jr. Ranger activities like "make your own bat masks and magnets" as well as a  "kids corner" educational table will be on-going inside the visitor center between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. People of all ages can earn a Junior Ranger patch and special certificate by completing the Junior Ranger booklet.

"Winter is a fabulous time of year to visit the park," said acting superintendent, Doug Neighbor. "We hope folks take advantage of the fee free weekend and come out and enjoy the caves and stay to experience the free 'Bat Watch' program when the Mexican Free-tailed bats exit the cave in the evening."

Winter hours are 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.

Visit www.nationparkweek.org for more information about what is going on at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and other National Park Service sites throughout the country. You can share your park experiences and photos on the website.

- www.NPS.gov-


Did You Know?

Evening bat flight at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Nearly 400,000 Brazilian (more commonly called Mexican) Free-tailed bats call Carlsbad Cavern home in the summer... and all they want to do each night is eat bugs... several tons of them!