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 Fee

ALL visitors who enter Carlsbad Cavern are required to purchase an entrance ticket, which is good for three days.

Adults (16 and older) - $10

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 (where a per person fee is charged).




**NEW** 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):

  • January 16 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 20 - Presidents Day
  • April 15-16 & April 22-23 - National Park Week Weekends
  • August 25 - National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12 - Veterans Day Weekend

Ranger-Guided Tour Fees

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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Phone:

(575) 785-2232

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