• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • 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.

  • Scenic Loop Road Closed

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

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 backcountry, at least a half-mile from roads and parking lots, and requires a free permit which is issued at the park visitor center.

Please click on "Lodging and Restaurant" on left side bar for more details.


Where to Eat

Park concessionaire, Carlsbad Caverns Trading Company's cafeteria is located at the west end of the building, past the gift shop and is the only option to purchase food in the park.

Please click on "Lodging and Restaurant" on left side bar for more details.



Pets are as important to us, as they are to you; our park concessionaire, Carlsbad Caverns Trading Company does provide boarding for your pet at the park for a fee.

Please click on "Pets" left side bar for more details.

Did You Know?

The natural entrance of Carlsbad Cavern.

In 2003, a park employee found a piece of a stone scraper within view of Carlsbad Cavern's entrance that goes back to Ice Age Indian hunters. In 2004, archeologists found fragments of two spear points of the Midland-style Paleo Indian projectile points of some 10,000 years ago.