Basic Information


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


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 
3:30 pm (complete hike out by 4:30 pm) 

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

Last elevator OUT of the cavern
4:45 pm


May 25, 2019–September 2, 2019

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
6:45 pm

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.

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.

Hall of the White Giant: $20 for adults, $10 for children, under 12 not permitted. Must also purchase entrance ticket. $10 for Senior and Access Pass holders.

Spider Cave: $20 for adults, $10 for children, under 12 not permitted. $10 for Senior and Access Pass holders.

 
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: November 15, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Phone:

(575) 785-2232

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