• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

Operating Hours & Seasons

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

Winter Hours -

(Effective now until May 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.

Natural Entrance (hike-out) closes: 2:30 p.m. (must be on the surface, out of the cave by 3:30 p.m.)

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

Last elevator out of the cave: 4:30 p.m.

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Summer Hours -

(Effective May 2015 - September 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: 3:30 p.m.

Natural Entrance (hike-out) closes: 4:00 p.m. (must be on the surface, out of the cave by 5:00 p.m.)

Last elevator into the cave: 5:00 p.m.

Last elevator out of the cave: 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.

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