• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • 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.

Cave Tours

Start your walk through Carlsbad Cavern on the self-guided Natural Entrance tour.
Start your walk through Carlsbad Cavern on the self-guided Natural Entrance tour.
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 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.

Self-Guided Tours
The basic cavern entry is by way of two self-guided routes, the Big Room route and the Natural Entrance route. Tickets are sold at the visitor center each day, except Thanksgiving, Christmas (Dec. 25) and New Year's Day (Jan. 1) when we are closed. Entrance fee tickets are good for three days but do not include guided or other special tours. Summer hours are in effect from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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Guided Tours
Reservations are highly recommended for all guided cave tours. Make reservations by calling 1.877.444.6777 or by visiting www.recreation.gov. An entrance fee ticket is required in addition to the guided tour fee for King's Palace, Left Hand Tunnel, Lower Cave, Spider Cave, Slaughter Canyon Cave and Hall of the White Giant. Note:Children under 4 years are not permitted on any of the guided tours offered at Carlsbad Caverns. Minimum age requirements differ for each tour. More...

Did You Know?

Ice-age sloth

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.