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.
Presidents Day Fee Free Weekend
Contact: Valerie Gohlke, 575/785-3090
For Immediate Release February 7, 2014
FEE FREE WEEKEND AT CARLSBAD CAVERNS
CARLSBAD, New Mexico – In honor of President's Day weekend, entrance fees will be waived at Carlsbad Caverns National Park for the federal holiday weekend (Saturday, Feb. 15 through Monday, Feb. 17). The waiver of park entry fees includes Carlsbad Caverns and the 264 other National Park Service (NPS) sites across the country that charge admission. Admission to the rest of NPS's 401 parks already is free.
Besides entry into the park itself, free admission into the self-guided Big Room and Natural Entrance portions of Carlsbad Caverns are included in this nationwide celebration. Additional fees are still required for special ranger-guided tours that include King's Palace, Left Hand Tunnel, Lower Cave, Spider Cave and Slaughter Canyon Cave.
Winter hours are now in effect at the park. The visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Last entry into the cave via the natural entrance is 2 p.m. and last entry via the elevators is 3:30 p.m.
For more information about Carlsbad Caverns hours, cave tours and other activities, call 575-785-2232 or visit www.nps.gov/cave.
About the National Park Service, more than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov
Did You Know?
Carlsbad Caverns National Park contains one of the few protected portions of the northern Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.