• 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.

Support Your Park

Public support is a critical component in the management of the natural and cultural resources in the care of the National Park Service. No other federal agency relies as heavily on the generosity and kindness of its visitors, and we thank you for your past support and look forward to future partnerships.

You can make a gift to benefit the park either directly to the National Park Service or through our primary nonprofit, tax exempt support organization, Carlsbad Caverns Guadalupe Mountains National Parks Association (CCGMA). CCGMA operates the Cavern Bookstore in the visitor center and rents audio guides for the self-guided cave tours.

Monetary donations are graciously accepted and directly benefit the park. Donations may be made by check or money order made payable to: "National Park Service." Send to: Superintendent, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 3225 National Parks Hwy, Carlsbad, NM 88220.

You can support Carlsbad Caverns National Park in many ways:

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.