• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • Elevator Renovations

    Allow more time to visit and expect lines for small elevators while large elevator system is renovated. Walking exit is steep.

  • 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.

Operating Hours & Seasons

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Fall/Winter/Spring hours: September 3, 2013 - May 22, 2014

Last Cavern Entry:

Via Natural Entrance: 2 p.m.
Via elevator: 3:30 p.m.

Visitor Center Open: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (please be in the elevator line to exit the cave by 4:30 p.m.)

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Summer extended hours: May 23, 2014 - September 1, 2014

Last Cavern Entry:

Via Natural Entrance: 3:30 p.m.
Via elevator: 5 p.m.

Visitor Center Open: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. (please be in the elevator line to exit the cave by 6:30 p.m.)

Please note: Beginning on the second Sunday in March, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is on Mountain Daylight Saving Time; Mountain Standard Time begins on the first Sunday in November.

Did You Know?

The natural entrance of Carlsbad Cavern.

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.