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 known caves - all formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone leaving behind caverns of all sizes.

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Natural light down the Natural Entrance

Plan Your Visit

Hiking down the Natural Entrance, looking back at the last bit of daylight.

Cactus in bloom

Things to Know Before You Arrive

Cactus in full bloom in the Chihuahuan Desert

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220


(575) 785-2232

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