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    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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    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.

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Star Party This Weekend at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Date: September 30, 2013

             Star Party This Weekend at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

CARLSBAD, New Mexico – 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.

Far from the lights of town, Carlsbad Caverns National Park boasts wonderfully dark night skies, perfect conditions for seeing and contemplating the cosmos. Rangers will have telescopes available for the public and pointed at night sky objects such as planets in our own solar system, objects in the Milky Way, and perhaps even a few galaxies beyond our own. Viewing opportunities are dependent on favorable weather conditions. No fee or advance reservations are required for this event.

Visitors should bring a flashlight and dress for the weather, which can be cool at night. Please be mindful of others' night vision when using flashlights. Parking for the visitor center and Bat Flight program will be limited to the west lot near the Cavern Restaurant. Neither the visitor center nor the cave will be open at the time of this event.

Schedule of events:

6:30 p.m. Bat Flight Watch: Watch the bats exit the cave! Rangers will be available to answer questions.

Remember, all electronic devices (cameras, cell phones, iPads, iPods) are prohibited at Bat Flight programs.

7:15pm – 10:00pm: Night sky viewing: Numerous telescopes will be available for the public to view the night skies of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Did You Know?

Bowl flax.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park contains one of the few protected portions of the northern Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.