• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • Elevator Renovations

    Allow more time to visit and expect lines for small elevators while large elevator system is renovated. Walking exit is steep.

  • 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.

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?

Soda straws in Carlsbad Cavern.

Most of the formations—or speleothems—found inside Carlsbad Cavern today were active and growing during the last ice age when instead of having a desert above the cave, there were pine forests.