• 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.

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?

Soda straws in Carlsbad Cavern.

Most of the formations—or speleothems—found inside Carlsbad Cavern today were active and growing during the last ice age when instead of having a desert above the cave, there were pine forests.