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.
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:
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)
Did You Know?
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.