Night Sky Programs

Image of the Milky Way Galaxy
Milky Way Galaxy.


Star Parties

  • July 17-18, 2023
  • August 16-17, 2023
  • September 15-16, 2023
  • October 13-14, 2023

Come explore the night sky through the eye of a powerful telescope. Park rangers will point out some of the harder-to-find objects in outer space.

Programs are suitable for all ages. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

These programs are free and do not require registration.

Visitors should be mindful of their headlights. Turn them off after parking. Park facing toward the visitor center. Use red lens flashlights or headlamps if you have them.

Programs may be canceled due to inclement weather.


Night Hikes

  • July 3-4, 2023
  • August 30-September 1, 2023
  • September 29-30, 2023
  • October 27-28, 2023

Be prepared to hike 1.5-miles (2.4 km) round trip through the desert where you will explore what the night has to offer at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

How to Attend
Although these programs are free, attendance will be limited to first-come, first-served with a maximum of 12 participants for each program. Please register for the programs at the visitor center information desk on the day of the program. Registration may be available at the evening's Bat Flight Program. Ask a ranger for more details.

Where to Meet
All hikes will begin after the Bat Flight Program. Meet the rangers at the park sign in front of the visitor center at the designated program time.

Minimum Age
8 years old

What to Wear and Bring

  • Dress comfortable and wear comfortable shoes.
  • No open-toed shoes.
  • Long pants are required.
  • Bring water and a snack.
  • Please bring a red light flashlight or red light headlamp to preserve your night vision. Ranger will provide red light headlamps if you do not have one.

Programs may be canceled due to inclement weather.


Spot the Station from Carlsbad Caverns!

Look for the International Space Station from either of our parking lots!

Last updated: June 23, 2023

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Contact Info

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3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220


575 785-2232

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