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