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.
All Camping & Backcountry Caving Suspended Until Further Notice
All camping and backcountry/recreational caving in the park has been suspended until further notice due to flood damage on backcountry roads and trails.
Additional tickets must be purchased for all guided cave tours and can be purchased in advance. If you reserve a spot on the Slaughter Canyon Cave or Spider Cave trip you must caravan in your own vehicle to the trailhead - please meet at the visitor center before the tour. Availability is limited so plan ahead and reserve early. Make tour reservations by calling 1.877.444.6777 or by visiting www.recreation.gov. A general admission ticket ($10 per adult) is required in addition to tour fees for King's Palace, Left Hand Tunnel, Lower Cave, Slaughter Canyon Cave, Spider Cave and Hall of the White Giant tours. In addition, participants on guided tours (except King's Palace and Left Hand Tunnel) must bring 3-AA batteries with them. NOTE: Children younger than 4 years are not permitted on any ranger-guided cave tours. Additional age limits differ for each tour.
Sept - May ~ Big Room Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
June - August ~ Big Room Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Visitor Center Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Visitor Center Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Did You Know?
Carlsbad Caverns National Park contains one of the few protected portions of the northern Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.