Natural Entrance to Carlsbad Cavern

Photo of the Natural Entrance to Carlsbad Cavern with a trail zigzagging down.
Natural Entrance with the trail descending into Carlsbad Cavern.

NPS / Eymard Bangcoro

Quick Facts

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Restroom, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead

Enjoy the view of the Natural Entrance from the Bat Flight Amphitheater. This was the only access to Carlsbad Cavern before elevators were installed in the 1930s.

To hike into the Natural Entrance, reservations are required and must be purchased online or by calling 877-444-6777.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Last updated: April 1, 2021