Basic Information


The visitor center and cavern are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's days.


May 26–September 3, 2018

Visitor Center Hours: 8 am–7 pm

Last entrance ticket sold: 4:45 pm

Hike INTO the cavern

8:30 am–3:30 pm

Last time to hike OUT of the cavern
5 pm (complete hike out by 6 pm)

Elevator service INTO the cavern
8:30 am–5 pm

Last elevator OUT of the cavern
6:30 pm


September 4, 2018–May 24, 2019

Visitor Center Hours: 8 am–5 pm

Last entrance ticket sold: 3:15 pm

Hike INTO the cavern 
8:30 am–2:30 pm

Last time to hike OUT of the cavern 
3 pm (complete hike out by 4 pm)


Elevator service INTO the cavern
8:30 am–3:30 pm

Last elevator OUT of the cavern
4:30 pm

 


 

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 Fee

All visitors who enter Carlsbad Cavern are required to purchase an entrance ticket, which is good for three days. If you are entering with a pass, please visit the ticket counter for your free admission ticket.

Adults (16 and older): $12 per person

Children (15 and under): Free

Pass Holders: Free

When using an America the Beautiful—National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass, Military Pass or Volunteer Pass, the pass admits the cardholder plus three adults.

Fee Free Days 2018

Entrance fees for all self-guided tours of Carlsbad Caverns are free on the following dates (ranger-guided tours require an additional fee):

  • January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • April 21: First Day of National Park Week
  • September 22: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

Ranger-Guided Tours

Reservations are highly recommended for all ranger-guided tours, to make reservations you may call 1.877.444.6777. or go to Recreation.gov.

Children under the age of 4 are not permitted on any ranger-guided tours. Other age limits apply depending on the tour.

King's Palace: $8 for adults, $4 for children, under 4 not permitted. Must also purchase entrance ticket. $4 for Senior and Access Pass holders.

Left Hand Tunnel: $7 for adults, $3.50 for children, under 6 not permitted. Must also purchase entrance ticket. $3.50 for Senior and Access Pass holders.

Slaughter Canyon Cave: $15 for adults, $7.50 for children, under 8 not permitted. $7.50 for Senior and Access Pass holders.

Lower Cave: $20 for adults, $10 for children, under 12 not permitted. Must also purchase entrance ticket. $10 for Senior and Access Pass holders.

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: May 26, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Phone:

(575) 785-2232

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