Allow more time to visit and expect lines for small elevators while large elevator system is renovated. Walking exit is steep.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
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?
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.