Special Use Permits
Gatherings and commercial activities in national parks often require a special use permit. The purpose of these permits is to ensure the protection of the park's natural and cultural resources.
All persons entering caves are required to be screened for White-Nose Syndrome, a disease deadly to bats, and if necessary to undergo approved decontamination procedures on footwear and equipment before entering any cave. Screening consists of answering a series of questions. For more information about the disease and park policies, click here.
Examples of permitted activities include:
If you are not sure that your event requires a permit or have other questions, contact:
Paul Cox, Fee Program Manager
Did You Know?
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!