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.
Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains national parks jointly publish and distribute two park newspapers every year—one for the busy summer season and one for the rest of the year. The links below will allow you to download a PDF version of these papers. While specific information (e.g. tour times) may be dated, many of the articles dealing with natural and cultural resources and with recreational opportunities in the park remain relevent.
Spring/Summer 2013 [3.17MB PDF]
Issued May 2012 [1.76MB PDF]
Spring/Summer 2010 [2,848k PDF]
Fall/Winter 2009 [3,213k PDF]
Fall 2007 through Spring 2008 [1,236k PDF]
Summer 2007 [1,119k PDF]
Fall 2006 through Spring 2007 [1,171k file]
Summer 2006 [624k PDF]
Did You Know?
In 2003, a park employee found a piece of a stone scraper within view of Carlsbad Cavern's entrance that goes back to Ice Age Indian hunters. In 2004, archeologists found fragments of two spear points of the Midland-style Paleo Indian projectile points of some 10,000 years ago.