Basic Information

727 Carlsbad Caverns Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220

To access the park's only entrance road, New Mexico Highway 7, turn north from US Hwy 62/180 at White's City, NM, which is 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Carlsbad, NM and 145 miles (233 km) northeast of El Paso, TX. The entrance road stretches a scenic seven miles (11.3 km) from the park gate at White's City to the visitor center and cavern entrance. The address for the park's visitor center is 727 Carlsbad Caverns Hwy, Carlsbad, NM, 88220, located 27 miles (43 km) from the town of Carlsbad.

Winter Hours
(Labor Day to the Friday Before Memorial Day Weekend) 

Last time to purchase an entrance ticket is 3:15 p.m.

Last WALK IN entry to the cave is 2:30 p.m.

Last ELEVATOR entry to the cave is 3:30 p.m.
 

Summer Hours
(Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day)

Last time to purchase an entrance ticket is 4:45 p.m.

Last WALK IN entry to the cave is 3:30 p.m.

Last ELEVATOR entry into the cave is 5 p.m.
 

Visitor Center Winter Hours

Hours after Labor Day through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. The hours listed are for the visitor center. First entrance to the cavern is at 8:30 am and last entrance is at 3:30 pm. Last time to purchase an entrance ticket is 3:15 pm.

Standard Hours

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Additional Information

Visitor Center Summer Hours

Hours from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The hours listed are for the visitor center. First entrance to the cavern is at 8:30 am and last entrance is at 5:00 pm. Last time to purchase an entrance ticket is 4:45 pm.

Standard Hours

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in the Chihuahuan Desert in southeast New Mexico. Summers are hot with temperatures between 90°F (32°C) and low 100s °F (38°C). Windy conditions and mild temperatures are common in early spring (March-May) with frequent rain in early fall (August-September). This part of the country also sees cold temperatures in the winter with occasional snow and icy conditions. Most days, the park is enveloped by a gorgeous blue sky with very few clouds, 278 sunny days a year!

Entrance Fees:

Cavern Entrance Fee - $12.00

All visitors who enter Carlsbad Cavern are required to purchase an entrance ticket, which is good for three days. Adults (16 and older): $12 / Children (15 and under): Free. When using an America the Beautiful—National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass, Military Pass or Volunteer Pass, the pass admits the cardholder plus three adults.

Ranger-Guided Tours - $0.00

Children under the age of 4 are not permitted on any ranger-guided tours. Purchasing an entrance ticket applies for all tours. King's Palace: $8/adults, $4/children, 4 and older. Left Hand Tunnel: $7/adults, $3.50/children, 6 and older. Slaughter Canyon Cave: $15/adults, $7.50/children, 8 and older. Lower Cave: $20/adults, $10/children, 12 and older. Hall of the White Giant: $20/adults, $10/children, 12 and older. Spider Cave: $20/adults, $10/children, 12 and older.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center

The visitor center offers many services, including a bookstore, gift shop, cafeteria, restrooms, a park movie, information desk, ticket counter, and hands-on educational exhibits. It's also where you will find the elevator to lower you into the cave 750 feet (229 m) in less than a minute.

 
Current Conditions

Current Conditions

Alerts and other information.

Permits & Reservations

Permits & Reservations

Information on how to obtain permits for camping, special events, research, filming, and reservations for ranger-guided tours.

Traveling with Pets

Traveling with Pets

How to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park with a pet.

Last updated: December 26, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Phone:

(575) 785-2232

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