Park Holiday Closures

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Date: November 7, 2013

Park Holiday Closures

CARLSBAD, New Mexico – Carlsbad CavernsNational Park will close on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days beginning this year due to budget cuts. The park determined, through cost analysis, that it was more expensive to keep the park open on these holidays with relatively low visitation.  Historically, the park has only closed on Christmas Day, but this year two additional holiday closures have been added. The closures include the visitor center and access to all caves.   

The park's famous caverns will reopen the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 29 at 8 a.m. Visitor center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last entry into the cave via the natural entrance is at 2 p.m. and last entry via the elevators is at 3:30 p.m.

For more information about open hours, cave tours, and other activities, call 575-785-2232 or visit 


Last updated: February 24, 2015

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