Beauty and Wonder; Above and Below

High ancient sea ledges, deep rocky canyons, flowering cactus, and desert wildlife—treasures above the ground in the Chihuahuan Desert. Hidden beneath the surface are more than 119 caves—formed when sulfuric acid dissolved limestone leaving behind caverns of all sizes.

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Important information for first-time visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

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Last updated: March 9, 2020

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Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220


(575) 785-2232

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