Scenic Loop Road Closed
The 9-mile scenic Loop Road (Desert Drive) is closed due to flood damage. The road will reopen as soon as repairs are done. This scenic road does not affect access to the visitor center or the cave.
Rattlesnake Springs Area Closed
Rattlesnake Springs area will remain closed through the weekend (9-28-14) due to hazardous road conditions and downed trees caused by torrential rains.
All Camping Suspended Until Further Notice
All camping in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.
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?
In 2003, a park employee found a piece of a stone scraper within view of Carlsbad Cavern's entrance that goes back to Ice Age Indian hunters. In 2004, archeologists found fragments of two spear points of the Midland-style Paleo Indian projectile points of some 10,000 years ago.