• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

There are park alerts in effect.
hide Alerts »
  • 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.

Summer Extended Hours: May 23, 2014 - September 1, 2014

Visitor Center Open: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

*Cavern Times:

Natural Entrance and elevators into cave open at: 8:30 a.m.

Natural Entrance (hike-in) closes: 4 p.m.

Last elevator into the cave: 5 p.m.

Last elevator out of the cave: 6:30 p.m.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Fall/Winter/Spring hours: September 2, 2014 - May 21, 2015

Visitor Center Open: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

*Cavern Times:

Natural Entrance and elevators into cave open at: 8:30 a.m.

Natural Entrance (hike-in) closes: 2 p.m.

Last elevator into the cave: 3:30 p.m.

Last elevator out of cave: 4:30 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?

Soda straws in Carlsbad Cavern.

Most of the formations—or speleothems—found inside Carlsbad Cavern today were active and growing during the last ice age when instead of having a desert above the cave, there were pine forests.