Things To Know Before You Come
Where to Stay
There is no lodging available within Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Camping is allowed only in the back country, at least a half-mile from roads and parking lots, and requires a free permit which is issued at the park visitor center when you arrive.
Where to Eat
Park concessionaire, Carlsbad Caverns Trading Company's cafeteria is located at the west end of the visitor center, past the gift shop and is the only option to purchase food in the park. Other restaurant information.
Pets are as important to us, as they are to you. Our park concessionaire, Carlsbad Caverns Trading Company provides boarding for your pet at the park for a $10/day fee.
What to Bring
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 90's and low 100's. We'll 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!).
The park does not rent or loan wheelchairs or scooters. Canes, walking sticks and scooters needed for medical purposes are permitted, but recreational walking or hiking sticks are not. Portions of the Big Room inside the cavern are wheelchair accessible, but the Natural Entrance is not as the Natural Entrance is a 750 foot, steep descent into the cave down switchback trails.
Please consider that the Big Room does have inclines and declines. If mobility is limited there is an elevator that will take you in and out of the cave in less than 1 minute.
Small oxygen tanks are permitted in the cave for medical reasons, please ensure you have plenty of oxygen and new batteries for your time in the cave.
Flashlights are permitted in the cave as are helmets with headlamps.
Service dogs, needed for medical reasons and professionally trained, are permitted in the cave but therapy or emotional support dogs are not.