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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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    Rattlesnake Springs area will remain closed through the weekend (9-28-14) due to hazardous road conditions and downed trees caused by torrential rains.

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    All camping in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.

Yosemite - Gathering of Spirit Film Debut

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Date: April 23, 2014

Sister National Parks Share a Movie That Started it All

Carlsbad, New Mexico and Salt Flats, Texas – To commemorate Earth Day (April 22) and National Park Week (April 19-26) the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Carlsbad Caverns National Park invite everyone for a presentation of a Ken Burns' documentary, "Yosemite – A Gathering of Spirit," on Saturday, April 26 at 6 p.m. at the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center, 481 West Fox Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220, 575/887-0276.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act signed by President Abraham Lincoln, thereby protecting Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove, now part of Yosemite National Park. These were the first resources in the world set aside for preservation – planting the seed for the national park idea, which later led to the establishment of Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks.

The Ken Burns' documentary tells the story of the Yosemite Grant Act. Visionary Americans like Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and Galen Clark understood that the wonders of the American wilderness are not only our inheritance, but our responsibility. The promise of the Yosemite Grant endures as the National Park Service opens its arms to 279 million people annually who marvel at the awe-inspiring beauty and gain an understanding of the importance of preserving our wild lands, pre-historic and historic heritage.

The 30-minute documentary will be introduced by Guadalupe Mountains National Park superintendent, Dennis Vásquez.

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Did You Know?

Bowl flax.

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