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.

Photo of snowing covering the Chihuahuan Desert in Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Park Closed During Upcoming Holidays

Park will be closed on Nov. 25, Dec. 25, & Jan. 1. This includes the visitor center, cavern, entrance gates, and all park roads and trails.

Reservations Required to Enter Cavern

Reservations Required to Enter Cavern

Click calendar image above for reservations or call 877-444-6777. No reservations available at the park.

Link with information for first-time visitors.

First-Time Visitors

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

Directions, hours, fees, things to do, and more.

Plan Your Visit

Directions, hours, fees, things to do, and more.

Plan Like a Park Ranger

Plan Like a Park Ranger

Top-10 tips for visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Download the NPS App

Download the NPS App

Download the NPS App to plan your visit to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Learn About the Park

Learn About the Park

Nature, history, culture, photos, publications, and more.

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Gift Shop, Eating, and Sleeping

A variety of options are available.

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Bookstore

The bookstore is operated by our non-profit partner that provides a variety of educational products.

Last updated: November 20, 2021

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad , NM 88220

Phone:

575 785-2232

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