Top-10 Tips for Visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Reservations are required to experience Carlsbad Cavern and available online or by calling 877-444-6777. The reservation only reserves the time. No reservations are available at the park. Entrance tickets must be purchased at the visitor center.
Only clear water can be consumed to protect the cavern.
Explore Carlsbad Cavern on your own along two trails—the Big Room and Natural Entrance. Hike time is about 1.5 hours for the Big Room Trail and one hour for the steep Natural Entrance Trail.
Discover the Chihuahuan Desert along the unpaved Walnut Canyon Desert Drive. Suitable for most vehicles except motor homes, trailers, and buses. Ask a ranger at the visitor center for a drive guide.
Take photos, including flash, in the cavern to record your adventure. Just be aware of visitors around you.
Watch about 400,000 Brazilian free-tail bats emerge from Carlsbad Cavern during the summer.
Hike the short Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail to learn about the unique plants found in the park and to see two natural entrances to Carlsbad Cavern.
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Last updated: May 28, 2021