• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • 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.

View Transit of Venus at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Venus dwarfed by our Sun
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News Release Date: May 29, 2012

The public is invited to several free activities that are planned for the Transit of Venus on June 5. This solar event will not occur again until 2117, making this viewing the last opportunity for a lifetime!

Starting at about 2 p.m. in the Carlsbad Caverns Visitor Center, park rangers will provide activities for children that focus on the solar system. At 3:30 p.m. in the Visitor Center theater, Beverly Marrs, Carlsbad High School astronomy teacher, will present a slide program about the historical and scientific importance of the Transit. Then, from 4 p.m. to sunset, park rangers and Ms. Marrs will be on hand at a modified telescope so that visitors may see Venus as a dot progressing along its path between Earth and Sun. Remember safe viewing is a must because staring at the sun without protection can do permanent damage to the eyes. 

For more information about other park events, tours, and programs, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/cave .

Did You Know?

Bowl flax.

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