NPS Photo by Peter Jones.
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 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 year-round 56°F (13°C) average temperature. A light jacket or sweater, and comfortable shoes with rubber soles for good traction are appropriate.
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.