• 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.

  • 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.

Park Newspaper

Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains national parks jointly publish and distribute two park newspapers every yearone 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?

The Hall of Giants in Carlsbad Cavern.

The 120 caves of Carlsbad Caverns National Park were carved out not by running water and streams like many limestone caves in the world, rather these caves were dissolved by very aggressive sulfuric acid.