Things To Know Before You Come

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes are a must!
  • You may want to bring a light jacket or sweater as the year-round temperature in the cave is 56F (13C).
  • Baby strollers are not permitted in the cave so a baby backpack may suit your needs if you need to carry your child.
  • Canes and walking sticks are permitted only if medically necessary.
  • Don't forget your camera! Flash photography in the cave is permitted, just be courteous of the person next to you when you use your flash. Tripods are permitted on self-guided tours but not on ranger-guided tours.
  • The cavern is dimly lit. You are welcome to bring a flashlight or headlamp but it is not necessary.
  • Plain bottled water is fine to carry through the cave, no flavored water, please. Please no food, drinks, gum, mints, candy or any product that could attract animals into the cave where they can't escape. No tobacco products of any kind (including e-cigarettes/vaping and chewing tobacco).
  • Bring your cell phone but remember to put it on "airplane mode" or turn it off if you are taking it in the cave. Because there is no signal in the cave your phone will continuously look for a signal and the battery will run low.
  • We will ask you if you've been in any cave in the past 10 years and if you wore the same shoes or carried the same camera equipment. If you answer "yes" we will need to wipe your items with disinfectant because of a deadly fungus known as "White-nose Syndrome." We need your help to protect the health of the Brazilian free-tailed bats that call Carlsbad Caverns home six months out of the year.
  • Please bring your quiet voice, noises carry up to a 1/4 mile in the cave!
  • Don't forget to bring your adventurous curiosity and spirit of learning!

Weather and Climate

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in the Chihuahuan Desert in southeast New Mexico. Summers are usually quite hot with temps in the high 90s and low 100s. It's not unusual to experience very windy conditions in early spring (March) and heavy rains in early fall (September). This part of the country also sees cold temperatures in the winter, occasional snow and icy conditions as well. Most days, the park is enveloped by a gorgeous blue sky with very few clouds (278 sunny days a year!).


Group Visitation With Minors

For groups of visiting minors (i.e. church, scouts, students), the park requires responsible chaperones to accompany the group at a minimum of one adult chaperone per 10 minors.


Where to Park

We have two parking lots at the visitor center. If you are in or towing an RV, or in a bus, please pull in the first parking lot you come to at the visitor center, on your left and drive to the rear of the lot for RV/bus parking.

Last updated: April 18, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220


(575) 785-2232

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