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.
Night Sky Events
This summer Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be hosting several Star Party 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.
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.
Rangers will be available to discuss a variety of topics from nocturnal creatures, cultural folklore and astronomy.
The public is welcome. No fee or advance reservations are necessary. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather.
These events will be held immediately after Bat Flight, so please join us in the East parking lot in front of the visitor center (parking limited to the West lot). The visitor center and cave will not be open during these events.
2014 Star Party dates:
For more information, contact Park Ranger Valerie Gohlke at 575-785-3090 or e-mail us.
Did You Know?
Most of the formations—or speleothems—found inside Carlsbad Cavern today were active and growing during the last ice age when instead of having a desert above the cave, there were pine forests.