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.
Brochures & Publications
These publications are freely distributed by the National Park Service. All require Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.
* Be aware that some brochures have the park's former area code (505, now 575) but are otherwise current.
Accessibility Guide [31k PDF]
The self-guided Big Room Tour is partially accessible to visitors using wheelchairs.
Backcountry Caves [232k PDF]
Backcountry Use [295k PDF]
For those seeking an outdoor “wilderness” experience, a hike in the park’s backcountry may provide solitude, solace, and views of remarkable scenery.
Bat Research [1124k PDF]
How many bats and other common questions.
Cave Geology [130k PDF]
Caverns' Chronology [1783k PDF]
The Permian Period [484k PDF]
The rocks and fossils of Carlsbad Caverns National Park tell a story of the area during the Permian Period when the landscape was dramatically different from what we see today.
Surface Geology [325k PDF]
The dramatic landscape of Carlsbad Caverns National Park would not have existed without a distinguishing series of geologic events and processes.
Canyons & Caves - A newsletter from the Resources Stewardship and Science Division. List of contents by years 1996-2004, issues 1-35 is here [315k PDF].
Issue 1, Spring 1996 [36k PDF]
Issue 42, Winter 2009-2010 [745k PDF]
Did You Know?
Nearly 400,000 Brazilian (more commonly called Mexican) Free-tailed bats call Carlsbad Cavern home in the summer... and all they want to do each night is eat bugs... several tons of them!