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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What to Expect When Visiting the Park

How to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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First-Time Visitors

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

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Last updated: November 18, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220


(575) 785-2232

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