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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COVID-19 Operations Update

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

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.

Learn About the Park

Learn About the Park

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

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Gift Shop, Eating, and Sleeping

Visit the gift shop to purchase a variety of products. Options are also available for eating and sleeping.

Photo of the bookstore.


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

Last updated: December 19, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220


(575) 785-2232

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