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.
Traveling with Pets
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:
Apark 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:
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?
Most of the formations—or speleothems—found inside Carlsbad Cavern today were active and growing during the last ice age when instead of having a desert above the cave, there were pine forests.