• 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.

Volunteer

Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs)
Volunteers come from all over the world to help preserve and protect America’s natural and cultural heritage. Volunteers of all ages give of their time and expertise to help achieve the National Park Service mission.

The protection, preservation and interpretation of Carlsbad Caverns National Park’s world-class resources would not be possible without the help of volunteers! Volunteer positions are coordinated locally through the park’s volunteer coordinator. For information on current volunteer opportunities, contact:

Volunteer Coordinator
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220

Phone: 575.785.2232, dial '0' and ask for the VIP Coordinator

For more park and volunteer information, please visit the park website: www.nps.gov/cave.

Student Conservation Association (SCA)
Many park volunteers work through the Student Conservation Association. For more information, visit www.thesca.org.

Did You Know?

Permian ocean bottom.

The limestone rock that holds Carlsbad Cavern is full of ocean fossil plants and animals from a time before the dinosaurs when the southeastern corner of New Mexico was a coastline similar to the Florida Keys.