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.
Registration Open for ParKids Camps
At ParKids Camps, hands-on activities, field trips, and presentations provide fun ways to learn about national parks and natural resources in the Carlsbad area. This summer, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will offer four week-long day camps. ParKids Camp 1, Teen Adventure Week, is for students going into grades 8, 9, or 10 and will be held June 4 through 8. Camp 2 is for kids going into grades 6 or 7 and will be held June 11 through 15. Camp 3 is for those entering grades 4 or 5 and will be held June 18 through 22. And finally, Camp 4 is for kids going into grades 2 to 3 and will be June 25 through 29. Cost of each week-long camp is $50.
Transportation will be provided between Carlsbad Caverns National Park Administrative Office (3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad) and the day's activity site. On most camp days, participants meet the bus at 8 AM and are returned at 4 pm. The only exception to the daily pickup is for the teenagers on the Teen Adventure week when they go on a 3 day, 2 night backpacking and camping trip in Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
Registration for ParKids day camps at Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be open until May 9. You may only register for ParKids at the National Park Service Administrative Office at 3225 National Parks Highway; no emailed or faxed registrations, please. For further information, contact the park's Education Department at (575) 785-3127.
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.