Night Sky Events

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This summer Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be hosting several night sky events. The park is a perfect spot for viewing the wonders of the night sky due to its location away from the lights of the local communities.

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Star Parties

  • June 13
  • June 19
  • July 18
  • August 15
  • September 12
  • October 10.

Weather permitting; telescopes will be available for viewing the celestial night sky and will provide an opportunity for visitors to see for themselves what spectacular views are available in the universe above.

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Rangers will be available to discuss a variety of topics from nocturnal creatures, cultural folklore and astronomy.

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The public is welcome. No fee or advance reservations are necessary. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.

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These events will be held immediately after the Bat Flight Program, so please join us in the East parking lot in front of the visitor center (vehicle parking is limited to the West lot). The visitor center and cave will not be open during these events.

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The program may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

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Dark Sky Wilderness Walks

  • July 15
  • August 14.

Are you ready to experience some of the darkest night sky you may have ever seen? Join park rangers for a night hike into the back country of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. You will be amazed at how dark the night sky is!

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The program will begin after the Bat Flight Program, at 9:30 p.m. Meet the rangers, with your vehicle, in the west parking lot of the visitor center. We will caravan to the spot where the short hike will begin.

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Dress comfortably. No open-toed shoes allowed. Bring water and a snack.

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You will be sitting on the ground so, for your comfort, you may want to bring a blanket or lightweight camp chair.

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This program is suitable for all ages, but will be limited to first-come, first-served and a maximum of ten vehicles. Tickets for this hike will be available at the evening Bat Flight Program. Ask a ranger for more details.

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No flashlights please! Red or blue lights are okay. Rangers will have red filters available.

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The program may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

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Junior Ranger Night Explorer Hike

  • June 5
  • July 3
  • July 5

Have you ever wished upon a star? Do you love the night sky and learning about the stars and planets?

If you would like to become a Junior Ranger Night Explorer, join a ranger after the evening Bat Flight Program for a short, full-moon hike along the nature trail! Night Explorers will participate in a special Junior Ranger activity that is separate from the Carlsbad Caverns National Park's cave Junior Ranger program. This unique, night sky program will be limited to fifteen participants between the ages of eight and twelve.

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Please register for this program at the information desk in the visitor center on the day of the program. Additional time to sign-up may be available at the evening's Bat Flight Program. Ask a park ranger for more details.

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Closed-toed shoes are required. Flashlights are not allowed. Park Rangers will have filtered flashlights available. Bring a snack and water.

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Limit: 15 participants and their parents or guardians.

Ages: 8-12

Duration: 30-45 minutes

The program may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

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Full Moon Wilderness Walk

  • May 30
  • July 2
  • July 31 (this will be a special "blue moon" hike!)
  • August 29

The program will begin after the Bat Flight Program, at 9:30 p.m. Meet the rangers, with your vehicle, in the west parking lot of the visitor center. We will caravan to the spot where the short hike will begin.

Dress comfortably. No open-toed shoes allowed. Bring water and a snack.

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This special program is for all ages, but will be limited to first-come, first-served and a maximum of ten vehicles. Tickets will be available at that evening's Bat Flight Program.

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Please allow the moonlight to guide us, no flashlights please. Park rangers will have red lights available.

Ask a park ranger for more details.

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The program may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

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For further information, contact Park Ranger Pam Cox at 575-785-3131, e-mail us or Park Ranger Valerie Gohlke at 575-785-3090, e-mail us.

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