Things To Know Before You Come
What to Bring
- You may want to bring a light jacket or sweater as the year-round temperature in the cave is 56F (13C).
- Baby strollers are not permitted in the cave so a baby backpack may suit your needs if you need to carry your child.
- Don't forget your camera! Flash photography in the cave is permitted, just be courteous of the person next to you when you use your flash. Tripods are permitted on self-guided tours but not on ranger-guided tours.
- Bottle plain water is fine to carry through the cave. Please no food, drinks, tobacco products (including e-cigarettes), gum, mints, candy or any product that could attract animals into the cave where they can't escape.
- Remember to put your cell phone on "airplane mode" or turn it off if you are taking it in the cave. Beacuse there is no signal in the cave your phone will continuously look for a signal and the battery will run low.
- We will ask you if you've been in a cave east of the park in the past 7 years and if you wore the same shoes or carried the same camera equipment. If you answer "yes" we will need to wipe your items with disinfectant because of a deadly fungus known to bats called "White-nose Syndrome." We need your help to protect the health of the Brazilian free-tailed bats who call Carlsbad Caverns home six months out of the year.
- Don't forget to bring your adventurous curiosity and spirit of learning!
Weather and Climate
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in the Chihuahuan Desert in southeast New Mexico. Summers are usually quite hot with temps in the high 90s and low 100s. It's not unusual to experience very windy conditions in early spring (March) and heavy rains in early fall (September). This part of the country also sees cold temperatures in the winter, occasional snow and icy conditions as well. Most days, the park is enveloped by a gorgeous blue sky with very few clouds (278 sunny days a year!).
Group Visitation With Minors
For groups of visiting minors (i.e. church, scouts, students), the park requires responsible chaperones to accompany the group at a minimum of one adult chaperone per 10 minors.