• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • 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.

Research Permits

Lake Chandelier in Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The cave is only open to limited research and exploration.
Lake Chandelier in Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The cave is only open to limited research and exploration.
NPS Photo by David Harris
 
Research activities in the national park system are regulated through a Research Permit and Reporting System. Revamped in January 2001, the on-line permit system streamlines the permit application process. more...

Did You Know?

Bowl flax.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park contains one of the few protected portions of the northern Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.