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.
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?
The first "official" and very influential book on Jim White's adventures in Carlsbad Cavern was written in 1930 by a newsman who at best would today be called a tabloid journalist.