• 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.

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?

Lake Chandelier in Lechuguilla Cave in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Scientists are studying "extremophile" microbes in the highly protected and almost pristine Lechuguilla Cave that are leading scientists towards generating a possible cure for cancer.