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    Carlsbad Caverns

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August 14, 2013
Carlsbad Caverns Awarded Certification in Sustainable Design Initiative
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is oneof four pilot projects newly certified by the Sustainable SitesInitiative™ (SITES™), acomprehensive rating system for sustainable design, construction, and maintenance of built landscapes.

August 12, 2013
National Park Service 97th Birthday Celebration at Carlsbad Caverns
In celebration of the National Park Service’s 97th birthday, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will offer free general entry to the cavern on Sunday, August 25.

February 27, 2013
Carlsbad Caverns National Park Tourism Creates $20,000,000 in Local Economic Benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that the 365,000 visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park spent $20,000,000 in communities surrounding the park.

July 25, 2012
Carlsbad Caverns Reopens Building Air Cleared
Park management reopens facilities after industrial hygienists’ test air quality in the park’s visitor center.

July 24, 2012
Carlsbad Caverns Awaits Results of Air Tests to Reopen Visitor Center and Tours
Carlsbad Caverns National Park management awaits expert's approval before reopening. Visitors encouraged to call.

July 23, 2012
Emergency Closure at Carlsbad Caverns
The Carlsbad Caverns National Park visitor center and cave closed at 2:00 pm today due to what appears to be contamination in the air from construction work in the elevator shaft. Visitors can call the park’s information line at 575-785-2232 to receive a message on the status of the closure.

July 16, 2012
Annual Bat Flight Breakfast, July 21
Carlsbad Caverns National Park invites the public to celebrate bats by listening to their calls on Friday evening and witnessing their return flight just as the sun rises Saturday morning.

June 27, 2012
Visitors Enchanted by 3D Photographs
The Underground of Enchantment photo exhibit is on display through August at Carlsbad Caverns Visitor Center, allowing visitors to see images of Lechuguilla Cave in 3D.

June 02, 2012
Large Room and Deepest Pit Found in Lechuguilla Cave
Explorers mapping Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park discovered a section of cave passages with large rooms, deep pits, and many new leads.

June 01, 2012
National Get Outdoors Day, June 9, Entry Free into Carlsbad Cavern
General entrance fees will be waived at Carlsbad Caverns National Park on June 9 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day.

May 29, 2012
View Transit of Venus at Carlsbad Caverns National Park
On June 5, visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park may watch Venus pass across the Sun in an event that will not occur again in our lifetimes.

May 16, 2012
Thanking America’s Armed Forces
Starting May 19, Active Duty U.S. Military and their dependents may obtain a free pass, which will allow free entrance to all national parks.

May 15, 2012
Park GIS Specialist Brings Real World Applications to High School
Susan Norman, Geographic Information Systems specialist at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, taught a twelve day course in her specialty to students at Carlsbad High School.

May 11, 2012
International Teacher Workshop Hosted by Carlsbad Caverns
Carlsbad Caverns National Park brought together teachers from Mexico, Texas and Carlsbad, New Mexico to learn about area resources and share education methods.

April 27, 2012
Registration Open for ParKids Camps
Registration is open for Carlsbad Caverns National Park’s week-long day camps, called ParKids, a mix of fun, learning, and hands-on activities, to be held in June.

April 24, 2012
Foot Bridge Replacement Completed on April 23 at Carlsbad Caverns
Visitors walking between the Visitor Center and cave entrance will cross a new foot bridge.

April 13, 2012
Walking Bridge Replacement at Carlsbad Caverns to Start April 16
Visitors will have a longer walk between Visitor Center and cave entrance during bridge replacement.

April 11, 2012
Microbes from cave show antibiotic resistance
Microbes collected deep in the sheltered environment of Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park show that resistance to antibiotics is a natural, not a new, phenomenon.

February 28, 2012
Carlsbad Caverns NP Brings Money and Jobs
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 428,524 visitors in 2010 spent over $23 million in Carlsbad Caverns National Park and in communities near the park.

January 20, 2012
January 20, 2012
From January 30 to March 8, on weekdays, elevator service into Carlsbad Cavern will be limited to a few hours per day while the elevators undergo routine maintenance to keep them running safely and smoothly. On weekends and holidays, one elevator will be available throughout the day. Modifications to the elevator, tour, and cave operation schedule included in the news release.

January 05, 2012
MLK, Jr. Weekend Entry Free into Carlsbad Cavern, Plus New Free Lantern Tours Added
Beginning January 14 through Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 16, the general entry fee will be waived at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and all National Park sites across the country. At Carlsbad Caverns, the general entry fee includes the Natural Entrance and Big Room routes. Fees for audio guides and ranger guided tours will still apply. Plus, A new ranger guided tour has been added to the cave tour schedule.

May 09, 2011
3D Photography Exhibit of Lechuguilla Cave
Underground of Enchantment, a new 3D photography exhibit developed by and on display at the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, gives people a sense of “being there” when viewing 3D images of world-class, limited-access Lechuguilla Cave.

February 29, 2008
Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains Implement Fire Restrictions
With little measurable precipitation at Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks over the last few months, coupled with above average temperatures, high winds and low relative humidities, the fire danger at both parks is high.

January 11, 2008
Caverns Sponsors "Underground Wonderland" eFieldTrip
Would you like to learn more about what makes caves so special? Carlsbad Caverns National Park will help you do just that with the free electronic field trip (or eFieldTrip) “Caves: An Underground Wonderland.”

December 05, 2007
Southern New Mexico Parks Featured in Moth Study
No abstract supplied.

November 30, 2007
2007 Holiday Tours
Carlsbad Caverns National Park will once again be offering special lantern tours this holiday season in three areas of the park’s famed Carlsbad Cavern.

November 06, 2007
Caverns' Vehicles Getting Greener
No abstract supplied.

October 30, 2007
Bat Migration Prompts Early Gate Closing
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October 29, 2007
Caverns' Passenger Elevator Motors Out for Overhaul
No abstract supplied.

October 24, 2007
Caverns Sponsors Electronic Field Trip
No abstract supplied.

August 29, 2007
Off-Season Hours at Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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July 18, 2007
Caverns to Celebrate 50th Bat Flight Breakfast
Under the light of a nearly full moon, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will celebrate its 50th annual Bat Flight Breakfast on Saturday, July 28, from 5 to 7 a.m.

July 06, 2007
Explore the Night Skies at the Caverns
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June 26, 2007
Carlsbad Cavern Trading Selected for Award of Concession Contract
No abstract supplied.

June 18, 2007
Caverns to Remove Exotic Fish from Rattlesnake Springs
No abstract supplied.

June 14, 2007
Area Parks Welcome New Chief of Administration
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May 31, 2007
Park Staff Locate Body of Missing Carlsbad Hiker
The body of a missing Carlsbad man was found by park staff this morning at approximately 10:50 a.m., in North Slaughter Canyon, less than one day after Carlsbad Caverns National Park staff was notified that he was missing and possibly in the park.

May 21, 2007
Summer (2007) Hours Announced at Carlsbad Caverns
With the kids out of school and families headed out on their summer vacations, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will move to its expanded schedule starting on Saturday, May 25. These expanded hours will remain in effect through Labor Day, September 3. Superintendent John Benjamin said, “With summer temperatures in the Chihuahuan Desert often exceeding 100°, Carlsbad Cavern is a great place to visit with a year-round temperature of 56°.”

May 15, 2007
Carlsbad Caverns' Operations Set to Move this Weekend
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April 18, 2007
Caverns Celebrates National Park Week
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March 30, 2007
Caverns Seeks Comments on EA to Rehab the Park Wastewater System
Carlsbad Caverns National Park superintendent John Benjamin announced today that the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Rehabilitation of the Wastewater System is available for public review and comment.

January 30, 2007
Caverns Seeks Comments on Assessment to Improve Parking Lots and Walnut Canyon Road
No abstract supplied.

January 29, 2007
NPS Soliciting Proposals on Caverns' Visitor Center Rehab
No abstract supplied.

December 14, 2006
Caverns Seeks Comments on Cave and Karst Assessment
Carlsbad Caverns National Park superintendent John Benjamin has announced that the environmental assessment (EA) for the Carlsbad Caverns Cave and Karst Management Plan is available for public review and comment.

December 08, 2006
Caverns to Offer Rock of Ages and Lantern Tours over Holidays
No abstract supplied.

December 04, 2006
Caverns to Premiere Geology Electronic Fieldtrip
On the heels of two other very successful electronic fieldtrips, Carlsbad Caverns National Park premiered Caves: An Underground Wonderland on December 1. In October 2005, the park premiered Bats: Fantastic Mammals of Flight; and in April 2006, the park hosted Exploring Nature’s Plumbing System: Caves of the National Parks, a Ball State University production that culminated in a live broadcast from Carlsbad Cavern with 37 million viewers.

November 13, 2006
2007 Bat Flight Breakfast and Celebration of the Night
No abstract supplied.

October 05, 2006
Caverns to Host Second Annual Art Fiesta
No abstract supplied.

September 18, 2006
Caverns Waives Fees on National Public Lands Day
In celebration of the 13th annual National Public Lands Day, Carlsbad Caverns National Park superintendent John Benjamin announced that fees for self-guided tours of Carlsbad Cavern will be waived on Saturday, September 30.

August 28, 2006
Off-Season Hours at Carlsbad Caverns
No abstract supplied.

August 28, 2006
Caverns Issues Prospectus for Concession Operations at Park
No abstract supplied.

August 21, 2006
Caverns Celebrates NPS's 90th Birthday
On Friday, August 25, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will join the other 389 national park units around the country in celebrating Founder’s Day, the ninetieth birthday of the National Park Service (NPS).

August 08, 2006
Giving Back to Get Ahead: Volunteer Follows Conservation Ethic to Carlsbad Caverns
No abstract supplied.

July 13, 2006
Astronomer Alan Hale to Kick Off Caverns' Star Party
Through the efforts of Carlsbad resident Jeff Diamond and BatFest! International, astronomer Alan Hale, best known as the co-discoverer of comet Hale-Bopp, will be the opening speaker at Carlsbad Caverns National Park’s Celebration of the Night, on Friday, July 28. Dr. Hale’s presentation will focus on his current activities as the founder of the Southwest Institute for Space Research and the creator of the Earthrise Project.

June 30, 2006
Caverns' Celebration of Stars and Bats is Just Around the Corner
In less than a month, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will host a celebration of stars and bats at the 2nd annual Celebration of the Night and 49th annual Bat Flight Breakfast.

June 30, 2006
Carlsbad Caverns Selects New Chief of Interpretation and Education
No abstract supplied.

June 26, 2006
Caverns Hosts Basics of Cave Photography
Due to their deep shadows and contrasty nature, caves can be some of the most challenging subjects for photographers. Yet, done well, cave images can be some of the most rewarding and spectacularly beautiful pictures a photographer will ever create.

May 12, 2006
Caverns Partners with National Public Observatory for "Stars in the Parks"
No abstract supplied.

May 09, 2006
Summer Hours Announced at Carlsbad Caverns
With summer just around the corner, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be switching over to its summer schedule on Saturday, May 27. These expanded hours will remain in effect through Labor Day, September 4.

May 09, 2006
Join Carlsbad Caverns in July for Breakfast, Bats and Stars
Mark your calendars and join the staff of Carlsbad Caverns National Park for the 49th annual Bat Flight Breakfast and 2nd annual Celebration of the Night!

May 04, 2006
Caverns to Develop Management Plan for Rattlesnake Springs
Carlsbad Caverns National Park Superintendent John Benjamin announced that the park is developing a management plan and an environmental assessment for the Rattlesnake Springs unit and is seeking public input on issues and concerns.

April 11, 2006
Caverns' Electronic Field Trip Just Two Weeks Away
No abstract supplied.

April 11, 2006
Carlsbad Caverns' Bat Flight Program to be Camera-Free
Carlsbad Caverns National Park Superintendent John Benjamin announced today that evening bat flight programs at the park will be camera-free.

April 06, 2006
Caverns to Unveil New Exhibit
Carlsbad Caverns National Park Superintendent John Benjamin announced today that the park would unveil The Secret Behind the Enchantment, an exhibit commemorating all of New Mexico’s national park units and the centennial of the Antiquities Act.

April 05, 2006
Volunteers Tackle Invasive Plants at Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains
Under siege by the invasive Malta star thistle, Carlsbad Caverns and the Guadalupe Mountains National Parks have a new ally—a team of young and determined volunteers.

February 28, 2006
Caverns to Host "Stars in the Parks"
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, in partnership with the National Public Observatory’s “Stars in the Parks” program, will host an evening of stargazing on Saturday, March 18.

February 06, 2006
10-year Moth Inventory Underway at Carlsbad Caverns National Park
No abstract supplied.

January 25, 2006
2006 Bat Flight Breakfast and Celebration of the Night
Mark your calendars! The staff of Carlsbad Caverns National Park have set aside the last weekend in July for the 49th annual Bat Flight Breakfast and 2nd annual Celebration of the Night.

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