Fees & Passes

A ranger speaks with visitors on the Natural Entrance trail.
Visitors speaking with a park ranger during their walk down the natural entrance trail into the cave.

NPS Photo/Peter Jones

Entrance Fees

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) - $10

Children (15 and under) - Free

America the Beautiful Passes

A pass is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free. Please follow this link to learn all about the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series.

Fee Free Days 2017

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

  • August 25 - National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12 - Veterans Day Weekend

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.

Last updated: May 18, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Phone:

(575) 785-2232

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