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.
All Camping & Backcountry Caving Suspended Until Further Notice
All camping and backcountry/recreational caving in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.
Hall of the White Giant Tour
If you don’t mind getting dirty, crawling through tight passageways, and climbing some slippery flowstone, you might want to try the Hall of the White Giant tour. Ladder climbing, slippery surfaces, and free climbing will be encountered on this trip. Highlights include tight, narrow passages including Matlock’s Pinch, and the White Giant formation. The prolonged amount of time spent in narrow cave passages requires a special attention to group communication and safety. This trip is not recommended for anyone afraid of tight spaces or heights.
Reservations are required for the Hall of the White Giant tour. To make reservations call 1.877.444.6777 or visit Recreation.gov.
Duration: 4 hours
When: Check tour schedule chart for tour times throughout the year.
Where: Tour departs from the visitor center theater.
Requirements: Ages 12 and over. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must be physically and mentally able to safely negotiate cave passages containing fragile formations without harm to the cave, yourself, or others.
Hiking boots or other sturdy shoes, three (3) AA batteries, (The park provides hardhats, headlamps, knee pads and gloves).
In an effort to prevent White-Nose Syndrome at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, tour participants will NOT be allowed to enter cave areas with shoes, clothing, and/or equipment until they have been screened and decontaminated.
**If participants are taking more than one adventure tour (Lower Cave, Hall of the White Giant or Spider Cave tours), clothing and gear used on one tour must be cleaned before use on another tour. If clothing and gear is not clean, participation in any tour may not be allowed.**
Did You Know?
In 2003, a park employee found a piece of a stone scraper within view of Carlsbad Cavern's entrance that goes back to Ice Age Indian hunters. In 2004, archeologists found fragments of two spear points of the Midland-style Paleo Indian projectile points of some 10,000 years ago.