• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • Scenic Loop Road Closed

    The 9-mile scenic Loop Road (Desert Drive) is closed due to flood damage. The road will reopen as soon as repairs are done. This scenic road does not affect access to the visitor center or the cave.

  • Rattlesnake Springs Area Closed

    Rattlesnake Springs area will remain closed through the weekend (9-28-14) due to hazardous road conditions and downed trees caused by torrential rains.

  • All Camping Suspended Until Further Notice

    All camping in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.

Things To Do

From mid-May through mid-October, visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park can enjoy the evening Bat Flight program.
From mid-May through mid-October, visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park can enjoy the evening Bat Flight program.
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All visitors to the park are encouraged to tour the main section of the cave, the Big Room self-guided tour. The Natural Entrance self-guided tour is also very impressive, but it is not recommended for visitors with any kind of health problems because it is very steep.

Guided tours of varying difficulties in Carlsbad Cavern and other park caves are available. To reserve tickets for a guided tour, call 1.877.444.6777 or visit Recreation.gov.

While there are a variety of cave tours available-from the self-guided areas of the Big Room to crawling through narrow passageways on the Hall of the White Giant Tour - there are also opportunities for hiking and backcountry camping, attending programs in the Visitor Center to watching the incredible exodus of Mexican Free-tailed bats out of Carlsbad Cavern at dusk in the summer.

Additionally, this year Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be hosting a Full Moon Program and 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 local communities.

 

Did You Know?

Jim White, Amelia Earhart and others at Carlsbad Cave National Monument in 1928.

The first "official" and very influential book on Jim White's adventures in Carlsbad Cavern was written in 1930 by a newsman who at best would today be called a tabloid journalist.