Traveling with Pets

dog in a kennel
In the concession-run kennel, only water is provided, but you may bring in bedding for your pet's comfort.

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Be aware that desert temperatures, thorny vegetation, and predators may be a serious threat to your pet's well-being.

Please consider the following points before deciding to bring a pet:

  • Pets are not allowed in the cavern, on park trails, off road, at bat flight, or in the visitor center.

  • Pets need to be on a leash no longer than six feet in length when outside your vehicle.

  • You are not allowed to leave your pet unattended in vehicles if the outdoor temperature will reach 70ºF (21ºC) and above, as it creates a danger to the animal. On warm days temperatures in closed motor vehicles can rise quickly to levels dangerous to the life and health of animals. Unattended pets will be removed from vehicles at the discretion of law enforcement if the animal is showing signs of distress.

  • Pet etiquette and park regulations require that you always clean up after your pet and dispose of waste in trash receptacles.

Kennel Information

The park concessioner, Carlsbad Caverns Trading Company, operates a kennel service where you may leave your pet in a temperature controlled environment while you tour the cave. The kennel is for day use only—no overnight stays.

Fee: $10/day

Rabies Vaccine Requirement: Owners are required to provide verification of a rabies vaccine when boarding a pet.

Operating Hours: 8:30 am–4:30 pm (Labor Day weekend through the Friday before Memorial Day weekend) and 8:30 am–6:30 pm (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day).

Reservations are not accepted. This service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

They rarely run out of cage space, but if they do, the larger cages go first. There are three sizes of cages, length x height x width:

49" x 37" x 44"
47" x 24" x 32"
47" x 24" x 24"

Pets are kept in cages relative to their size, such as a small dog in a small cage. Water is provided for the pet, but the owner must provide food or bedding if they feel it's needed.

The concessioner accepts no responsibility for injuries that might occur during a pet's stay in the kennels.

Employees do not handle pets and do not remain in the kennel room with the pets.

If you have more specific questions, contact the Carlsbad Caverns Trading Company at 575-785-2281.

Last updated: January 14, 2018

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3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Phone:

(575) 785-2232

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