• 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.

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?

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.