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.
Other Special Uses
Weddings, other special events, First Amendment activities, and any potential ground-disturbing activities in the park require the issuance of a special use permit.
How to Apply
Conditions for wedding ceremonies include:
The park requires responses to a checklist of information that must be completed to allow park staff to properly evaluate the requested use. The park will use this information to determine the appropriate analysis, environmental, and cultural documents required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).
Did You Know?
Nearly 400,000 Brazilian (more commonly called Mexican) Free-tailed bats call Carlsbad Cavern home in the summer... and all they want to do each night is eat bugs... several tons of them!