Basic Information

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COVID-19 Operations Update:

Reservations Required to Enter Carlsbad Cavern

  • Reservations must be purchased online or by calling 877-444-6777.
  • No reservations available at the park.
  • Reservations are only for selecting the entry time.
  • Upon arrival at the visitor center, entrance tickets must be purchased.

Visitor Center Hours
8 am–5 pm

Last Cavern Entrance Ticket Sold
2:15 pm

Last Cavern Entrance
2:30 pm


  • INTO the Cavern
    8:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Last Elevator OUT of the Cavern
    4:45 pm


  • INTO the Cavern
    8:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Last Time to Hike OUT of the Cavern
    2:30 pm (complete hike out by 3:30 pm)

Click here for information about what to expect when visiting the park during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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): $15 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.

2023 Fee-Free Days

Ranger-Guided Tours


► The King's Palace Tour is now available. 

All other tours remain temporarily suspended until further notice.

Reservations are highly recommended for all ranger-guided tours. To make reservations, call 1-877-444-6777 or go to

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.

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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 15, 2022

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad , NM 88220


575 785-2232

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