• 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.

Event Details

  • Multiple Days: 12/14/2012, 12/15/2012, 12/16/2012

    Location: Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center Fee Information: Reservations Required 575-785-3152 Adults $8, Children (4-15 ($4) Contact Name: Pam Cox Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 575-785-3131

This year, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be offering three (3) Rock of Ages Historic Lantern Tours.  On December 14th, 15th and 16th, Rangers will present a special two hour lantern tour of the Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns.  This annual event will take visitors back in time where they will meet some of the men and women who helped weave the historic fabric of this spectacular National Park.  These adventurous explorers, scientists and rangers will make their stories come to life while visitors enjoy the cave, lit only by candle lanterns. The tour concludes with a re-creation of the Rock of Ages Ceremony which was regularly conducted in the Big Room during the 1930's and 40's. During this portion of the tour, visitors will experience a "black out."  Keeping with the tradition of this tour, once immersed in total darkness, a voice will fill the cavern, singing the hymn "The Rock of Ages."Carlsbad Caverns has a special treat in store for visitors this year by highlighting local talent.  The voice in the darkness will be a singer from the Carlsbad area.