• 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.

  • 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.

Cooperating Association

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The Carlsbad Caverns Guadalupe Mountains Association (CCGMA) is a private, non-profit organization whose main objectives are to provide educational products for park visitors and to support the purposes and mission of the National Park Service at Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks, and the lands related to them in New Mexico and west Texas. To date, CCGMA has donated over $3.5 million to both Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks. These funds have supported educational programs and scientific investigations resulting in a greater appreciation of those resources being conserved at the two parks.

CCGMA has two retail bookstores located at Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks.

In addition to the bookstores, CCGMA rents audio guides for the self-guided tours at Carlsbad Cavern. The audio guide points out key features within the cavern and provides explanations about the area's history and geology.

To help the Carlsbad Cavern's bats, you can "Adopt a Bat." For a small donation, you receive a packet of information, photograph, an official certificate of adoption, and the peace of mind knowing your contribution is helping the park learn more and teach people about these beneficial animals. You can see "your" bat every summer evening as it flies out of the cave for its nightly feast on insects.

To learn more, shop on-line, Adopt a bat, or become a member, visit www.ccgma.org. Staff are also available by phone during normal business hours at (575) 785-2484.

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.