• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • 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.

  • All Camping & Backcountry Caving Suspended Until Further Notice

    All camping and backcountry/recreational caving in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.

Traveling with Pets

dog in a kennel

In the concession-run kennel, only water is provided but you may bring in bedding for your pet's comfort.

NPS photo

Be aware that having a pet with you will limit your activities and explorations in the park. In addition, desert temperatures, thorny vegetation, and predators may be a serious threat to your pet's well-being.

Please consider the following points before deciding to bring a pet:

  • Pets are not allowed on park trails, off roads, or in the cave.
  • Pets need to be on a leash no longer than six feet in length (or in a cage) at all times.
  • You are not allowed to leave your pet unattended in vehicles if the outdoor temperature will reach 70 degrees (F) and above, as it creates a danger to the animal.
  • Pet etiquette and park regulations require that you always clean up after your pet and dispose of waste in trash receptacles.

KENNEL INFORMATION

A park concessioner, Carlsbad Caverns Trading Company, operates a kennel service where, for a $10/day fee, you may leave your pet in a temperature controlled environment while you tour the cave. The kennel is for day use only - no overnight stays. Their hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Tuesday after Labor Day through Thursday before Memorial Day). 8:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend).

They do not take reservations, service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

They rarely run out of cage space, but if they do the larger cages go first. There are three sizes of cages, length x height x width in inches:

Extra tall 47.5 x 32.5 x 24

Medium 47.5 x 24 x 24

Small 23 x 24 x 24

Pets are kept in cages relative to their size, such as a small dog in a small cage.

Water is provided for the pet, but the owner must provide food or bedding if they feel it's needed.

The concessioner accepts no responsibility for injuries that might occur during a pet's stay in the kennels and does not require any vaccination records for the pet.

Employees do not handle pets and do not remain in the kennel room with the pets. If you have more specific questions, contact them at (575) 785-2281.

Did You Know?

The Hall of Giants in Carlsbad Cavern.

The 120 caves of Carlsbad Caverns National Park were carved out not by running water and streams like many limestone caves in the world, rather these caves were dissolved by very aggressive sulfuric acid.