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.
Visitors Enchanted by 3D Photographs
Contact: Paula Bauer
Through August, while the "Underground of Enchantment" exhibit is displayed, visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center may view images of Lechuguilla Cave in 3D. Photographs seen as flat images on the wall seem to become tangible when examined through viewers provided. Images vary from delicate crystals to large rooms taken by several photographers who explore and study Lechuguilla Cave, a vast, undeveloped cave in the park known for its variety of mineral formations and value for scientific research. In addition, the exhibit includes a description of ongoing studies of microbes living in the cave's fragile environment.
Underground of Enchantment is on loan from the city of Carlsbad, New Mexico. The Carlsbad Museum and Art Center developed and displayed the exhibit last summer and has additional images and 3D films of Lechuguilla Cave currently available. Entry in the Carlsbad Museum is free, from 10 to 5, Monday through Saturday. For more information about the exhibit developers and photographers, visit www.undergroundofenchantment.com.
Entry into the Carlsbad Caverns Visitor Center is free, daily, from 8 to 7. For a complete list of hours of operation, cave tours, events, and recreational opportunities at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, visit www.nps.gov/cave .
More on the origins of the exhibit and a description of opening ceremony in May 2011, including a proclaimation read by Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway, may be read in park news release from May 9, 2011.
Did You Know?
In 2003, a park employee found a piece of a stone scraper within view of Carlsbad Cavern's entrance that goes back to Ice Age Indian hunters. In 2004, archeologists found fragments of two spear points of the Midland-style Paleo Indian projectile points of some 10,000 years ago.