Operating Hours & Seasons

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

Last updated: November 3, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Phone:

(575) 785-2232

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