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?
Bones from ice age animals like jaguars, camels, lions and giant sloths have been found in the entrance areas of some caves in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.