• 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.

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?

Evening bat flight at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Nearly 400,000 Brazilian (more commonly called Mexican) Free-tailed bats call Carlsbad Cavern home in the summer... and all they want to do each night is eat bugs... several tons of them!