Allow more time to visit and expect lines for small elevators while large elevator system is renovated. Walking exit is steep.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
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?
The 118 caves of Carlsbad Caverns National Park were carved out not by running water and streams like many limestone caves in the world, rather these caves were dissolved by very aggressive sulfuric acid.