• 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.

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September 17, 2014
Free Admission in Honor of National Public Lands Day
Free Admission to Caverns on National Public Lands Day

September 16, 2014
March for Parks Sept 2014
March for Parks Fundraising Event

September 15, 2014
Astronomical Adventure After Bat Flight
Star Party After Bat Flight

September 15, 2014
Doug Neighbor Named Superintendent
Douglas Neighbor Named Superintendent of Carlsbad Caverns National Park

August 18, 2014
Night Sky Treasures
Star Party August 23

August 15, 2014
Fee Free Day August 25
Fee Free Day August 25 in Honor of NPS' 98th Birthday!

July 15, 2014
Astronomical Night Sky Viewing
Astronomical Night Sky Viewing July 19

July 11, 2014
2014 Bat Flight Breakfast
57th Annual Bat Flight Breakfast

July 11, 2014
Fire Restrictions Lifted
Fire restrictions from two parks lifted.

July 03, 2014
Accident Results in Serious Injury to Visitor
Accident Results in Serious Injury to Visitor in the Early Morning of July 3

June 30, 2014
Rescue in Lechuguilla Cave
Rescue of One in Lechuguilla Cave

June 13, 2014
Star Party June 19
June 21 Star Party

June 13, 2014
Stars, Planets and Much More
Stars, Planets and Much More!

June 05, 2014
Fire Restrictions In National Park
Fire restrictions in place for national park

April 23, 2014
Yosemite - Gathering of Spirit Film Debut
Sister National Parks Share a Movie That Started it All

April 11, 2014
Registration Open for ParKids and Teen Week at Carlsbad Caverns
Registration Open for ParKids and Teen Week at Carlsbad Caverns

April 09, 2014
March for Parks - 2014
Annual March for Parks - 2014

April 09, 2014
National Park Week Fee Free Weekend
April 19-20 Fee Free Weekend to Kick Off National Park Week

March 04, 2014
Economic Impact on Local Communities
Economic Impact on Local Communities

February 07, 2014
Presidents Day Fee Free Weekend
Presidents Day Fee Free Weekend

January 15, 2014
Martin Luther King Jr Day
Martin Luther King Jr Day

November 25, 2013
Annual Rock of Ages Historic Lantern Tour
For two special nights in December, park rangers will present Rock of Ages Historic Lantern Tours inside the Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns.

November 15, 2013
Discovery of Halloween Hall
New room discovered inside Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

November 07, 2013
Park Holiday Closures
Carlsbad Caverns National Park will close on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s days beginning this year due to budget cuts.

November 05, 2013
Fee Free Weekend
In honor of Veterans Day, entrance fees will be waived at Carlsbad Caverns National Park for the federal holiday weekend (Saturday, Nov. 9 through Monday, Nov. 11).

October 30, 2013
New Interim Superintendent
New interim superintendent chosen to manage two parks.

October 23, 2013
Superintendent Retires
Superintendent retires after a long career in the National Park Service.

October 17, 2013
Carlsbad Caverns National Park re-opened to visitors today, Thursday, Oct. 17. Visitors can access all public areas and travel on park roads immediately, as well as use park facilities and other public services.

September 30, 2013
Star Party This Weekend at Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park welcomes the public to Star Parties on October 5 and 6 in the east main parking lot of the Carlsbad Caverns visitor center.

September 24, 2013
Sign Language Interpreters Join Park Rangers for Special Tour
American Sign Language interpreters will join park rangers in offering a tour of beautiful King’s Palace at Carlsbad Caverns National Park on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

September 23, 2013
Road Resurfacing Project May Cause Delays
If you are planning a trip to Carlsbad Caverns National Park between Tuesday through the end of October, prepare for possible delays because of road work.

September 06, 2013
Volunteer with Carlsbad Caverns National Park on National Public Lands Day
On Saturday, September 28, 2013, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will recognize National Public Lands Day by offering free general entry to the cavern. This year marks the 20th anniversary of National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.

August 21, 2013
March for Parks Fundraiser Successful
March for Parks Fundraiser Successful in Raising Money for Local County Park

July 26, 2013
Star Party - August
Star Party - August

July 19, 2013
National Moth Week - 2013
Researchers Gather Data During National Moth Week

July 12, 2013
Bat Flight Breakfast 2013
56th Annual Bat Flight

July 09, 2013
Star Party - July
Star Party - July

July 01, 2013
Fee Free Day in Honor of the National Park Service 97th Birthday Celebration
Fee Free Day in Honor of the National Park Service's 97th Birthday

July 01, 2013
Google Maps Streetview Special Collection
Google Map Streetview Special Collection at Carlsbad Caverns

June 21, 2013
Mirror Lake Sign Returned
Historic Sign Returned After 40 years

May 22, 2013
Bat Flight Programs Return to Carlsbad Caverns
Memorial Day weekend kicks off the 84th anniversary of Carlsbad Caverns National Park’s summer Bat Watch Program.

May 09, 2013
ParKids Teen Week
ParKids Camps, now in their 15th year, uses hands-on activities (such as making rain sticks and dream catchers and creating fossils out of plaster), field trips, and presentations as fun ways to learn about national parks and natural resources in the Carlsbad area.

May 01, 2013
Carlsbad Caverns to Increase Entrance Fee
Sixteen years after the last increase from $5 to $6, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will raise its entrance fee beginning this summer to $10 per person (age 15 and up).

April 26, 2013
Carlsbad Caverns National Park Requests Your Input on Pipeline Project
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is proposing to replace the park’s primary water pipeline, which was damaged by freezing temperatures. A 30-day comment period to determine the scope of issues to address in the project has begun and the public is invited to participate.

April 22, 2013
Celebrate Jr. Ranger Day
Celebrate Junior Ranger Day at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

April 18, 2013
Fee Free Week
Entrance fees will be waived at Carlsbad Caverns National Park for the week of April 22-26 in honor of National Park Week.

March 29, 2013
April is New Mexico Bataan-Corregidor Heritage Month
April has been declared “Bataan-Corregidor Heritage Month” by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to honor the state’s men of the 200th Coast Artillery Regiment in World War II.

March 25, 2013
Family Fun in the Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park Third Favorite Family Vacation Destination

March 15, 2013
March for Parks
March for Parks is America’s only national walking event for parks and open spaces.

March 04, 2013
Carlsbad Caverns is the Perfect Vacation Destination
Carlsbad Caverns National Park has cave formations dripping, migratory bats returning and its Chihuahuan Desert landscape rebounding naturally after the 2011 wildfire.

January 14, 2013
Park Passes Now Available
New 2013 "America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes" are now available.

Did You Know?

Jim White in Carlsbad Cavern.

Jim White is the cowboy credited with being the premier explorer of Carlsbad Cavern. He began to explore the cave as a teenager in 1898, using a handmade wire ladder to descend 60 feet into the cave. For more than a decade, he couldn't convince many locals that there was much to Carlsbad Cavern.