• 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 Holiday Closures

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Date: November 7, 2013

Park Holiday Closures

CARLSBAD, New Mexico – Carlsbad CavernsNational Park will close on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days beginning this year due to budget cuts. The park determined, through cost analysis, that it was more expensive to keep the park open on these holidays with relatively low visitation.  Historically, the park has only closed on Christmas Day, but this year two additional holiday closures have been added. The closures include the visitor center and access to all caves.   

The park's famous caverns will reopen the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. Visitor center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last entry into the cave via the natural entrance is at 2 p.m. and last entry via the elevators is at 3:30 p.m.

For more information about open hours, cave tours, and other activities, call 575-785-2232 or visit www.nps.gov/cave. 

- www.NPS.gov-

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.