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.
Park Passes Now Available
2013 Interagency "America the Beautiful" Park Passes Now Available
CARLSBAD, New Mexico - New 2013 "America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Passes" are now available. The "America the Beautiful" passes provide annual and lifetime access, allowing U.S. citizens and visitors an affordable and convenient way to access Federal recreation lands. Up to 100% of the Pass program's proceeds are used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services.
Annual Pass - $80.00 – Available to everyone
Senior Pass - $10.00 - Valid for the lifetime of the pass owner; must be 62+ older, U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Access Pass - Free for lifetime with documentation of permanent disability, U.S. citizens or permanent residents
Volunteer Pass - Earned with 500+ hours of volunteer service in public lands
Your new pass can be used at more than 2,000 Federal recreation sites where Entrance or Standard Amenity Fee(s) are charged by the following agencies: Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), USDA Forest Service (USDA FS) and National Park Service (NPS).
You may purchase an annual pass locally at the park's town office (3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad, NM) or at the ticket counter inside the Visitor Center in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Annual Passes may also be obtained throughout the country, wherever passes are accepted. They are also available by calling USGS (888-275-8747) or logging onto http://store.usgs.gov/pass.
For more information about open hours, cave tours, and other activities, call 575-785-2232 or visit www.nps.gov/cave.
Did You Know?
Scientists are studying "extremophile" microbes in the highly protected and almost pristine Lechuguilla Cave that are leading scientists towards generating a possible cure for cancer.