Allow more time to visit and expect lines for small elevators while large elevator system is renovated. Walking exit is steep.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
The Carlsbad Caverns Guadalupe Mountains Association (CCGMA) is a private, non-profit organization whose main objectives are to provide educational products for the park visitor and to support the purposes and mission of the National Park Service at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, 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 parks for this and future generations.
CCGMA has three retail bookstore outlets located at Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe Mountains, and the parks’ administrative office building located in the city of Carlsbad.
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 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) 785-2486.
Did You Know?
Bones from ice age animals like jaguars, camels, lions and giant sloths have been found in the entrance areas of some caves in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.