Operating Hours & Seasons

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


Labor Day Weekend through Memorial Day Weekend

Visitor Center Hours: 8 am - 5 pm

Last time to purchase an entrance ticket is 3:15 pm

Hike INTO the cavern:
Natural Entrance opens at 8:30 am
Last time to hike in is 2:30 pm

Hike OUT of the cavern:

Last time to hike out the Natural Entrance is 3 pm (complete hike out by 4 pm)

Elevator Service In and Out of the cavern:
Elevator service into the cave begins at 8:30 am
Last elevator into the cave is 3:30 pm
Last elevator out of the cave is 4:30 pm


Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend

Visitor Center Hours: 8 am - 7 pm

Last time to purchase an entrance ticket is 4:45 pm

Hike INTO the cavern:
Natural Entrance opens at 8:30 am
Last time to hike in is 3:30 pm

Hike OUT of the cavern:

Last time to hike out the Natural Entrance is 5 pm (to complete hike out by 6 pm)

Elevator Service In and Out of the cavern:
Elevator service into the cave begins at 8:30 am
Last elevator into the cave is 5 pm
Last elevator out of the cave is 6:30 pm

Last updated: November 20, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Phone:

(575) 785-2232

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