Operating Hours & Seasons

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and

New Year's Day.

Visitor Center Spring Hours (through May 21, 2015) - 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 p.m. (must be on the surface, out of the cave by 3 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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Visitor Center Summer Hours (May 22 - July 3, 2015) - 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Cavern Times:

First elevator into the cave at: 8:30 a.m.

Natural Entrance opens at 8:30 a.m.

Natural Entrance closes: 2 p.m. (must be on the surface by 3 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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Visitor Center Summer Hours (July 4 - September 7, 2015) - 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: 3:30 p.m.

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

Last elevator into the cave: 5 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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