• 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.

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?

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.