• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • Scenic Loop Road Closed

    The 9-mile scenic Loop Road (Desert Drive) is closed due to flood damage. The road will reopen as soon as repairs are done. This scenic road does not affect access to the visitor center or the cave.

  • Rattlesnake Springs Area Closed

    Rattlesnake Springs area will remain closed through the weekend (9-28-14) due to hazardous road conditions and downed trees caused by torrential rains.

  • All Camping Suspended Until Further Notice

    All camping in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.

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?

Bowl flax.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park contains one of the few protected portions of the northern Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.