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.
Scenic Loop Road Closed
The 9-mile scenic Loop Road (Desert Drive) is closed due to weather damage. The road will reopen as soon as repairs are done. This scenic road does not affect road access to the visitor center or the cave.
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?
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.