Allow more time to visit and expect lines for small elevators while large elevator system is renovated. Walking exit is steep.
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.
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. 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?
Jim White is the cowboy credited with being the premier explorer of Carlsbad Cavern. He began to explore the cave as a teenager in 1898, using a handmade wire ladder to decend 60 feet into the cave. For more than a decade, he couldn't convince many locals that there was much to Carlsbad Cavern.