• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • 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.

  • Scenic Loop Road Closed

    The 9-mile scenic Loop Road (Desert Drive) is closed due to weather damage. The road will reopen as soon as repairs are done. This scenic road does not affect road access to the visitor center or the cave.

Operating Hours & Seasons

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

Fall/Winter Hours: These hours will be in effect 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 4:00 p.m.)

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

Last elevator out of the 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?

Lake Chandelier in Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Scientists are studying "extremophile" microbes in the highly protected and almost pristine Lechuguilla Cave that are leading scientists towards generating a possible cure for cancer.