Allow more time to visit and expect lines for small elevators while large elevator system is renovated. Walking exit is steep.
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.
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?
The first "official" and very influential book on Jim White's adventures in Carlsbad Cavern was written in 1930 by a newsman who at best would today be called a tabloid journalist.