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.
All persons entering caves are required to be screened for White-nose Syndrome (a disease deadly to bats) - screening consists of answering a series of questions about previous cave visits. If necessary, visitors will be required to undergo a cleaning procedure on footwear and equipment before entering any cave. For more information about the disease and park policies, click here.
The cave climate is cool and varies little from the annual 56°F (13°C) average temperature. A light jacket or sweater, and comfortable shoes with rubber soles for good traction are appropriate year-round.
NOTE: Baby strollers are not permitted in the cave. Bring a baby backpack if you need to carry your child.
Children 3 years of age and under are not permitted on any of the guided tours offered at Carlsbad Caverns. Minimum age requirements differ for each tour.
Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult who is 18 or older.
We reserve the right to alter any tour due to safety and other conditions.
Did You Know?
Bones from ice age animals like jaguars, camels, lions and giant sloths have been found in the entrance areas of some caves in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.