Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Rocky slopes and canyons, cactus, grass, thorny shrubs, and the occasional tree, who could guess at the hidden treasures deep underground? Beneath this rugged land are more than 119 known caves all formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Info


Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park Adopts Report Recommendations to Mitigate Radon

The National Park Service is implementing an action plan at Carlsbad Caverns National Park to reduce the potential of radon exposure of park employees and visitors. The action plan includes monitoring for employee hours in the caverns, training employees about the exposure risks of radon and seeking engineering support for recommended modifications to the visitor center. The park is safe for visitors.

Tourism to Carlsbad Caverns National Park Creates $34 Million in Economic Benefits

A new National Park Service report shows that 466,000 visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 2018 spent $30.2 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 405 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $34 million.

Extreme Fire Danger Preventative Measures Cancelled

The extreme fire danger preventative measures at Carlsbad Caverns National Park implemented on June 1 have been cancelled due to recent precipitation combined with cooler temperatures and higher humidity.

Preventative Measures Implemented Due to Extreme Fire Danger

Due to extreme fire danger, Carlsbad Caverns National Park has implemented the following preventative measures: 1) Closure of Walnut Canyon Desert Drive; 2) Charcoal fires are prohibited; 3) Smoking is prohibited, except inside personal vehicles; and 4) Open flames and cooking stoves are prohibited in the backcountry.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Photos

The Chandelier, Carlsbad Caverns National Park 11/21/2013

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The Chandelier, Carlsbad Caverns National Park  11/21/2013

"Hanging from the ceiling in the Big Room, the group of huge stalactites is known as the Chandelier. It can be found next to the Caveman and Totem Pole." www.nps.gov

"The more than 100 limestone caves within Carlsbad Caverns National Park are outstanding and notable world-wide because of their size, mode of origin, and the abundance, diversity and beauty of the speleothems (decorative rock formations) within. On-going geologic processes continue to form rare and unique speleothems, particularly in Lechuguilla Cave. Carlsbad Caverns and Lechuguilla Cave are well known for their great natural beauty, exceptional geologic features, and unique reef and rock formations. The Permian-aged Capitan Reef complex (in which Carlsbad Caverns, Lechuguilla and other caves formed) is one of the best preserved and most accessible complexes available for scientific study in the world." whc.unesco.org

Giant Dome, Carlsbad Caverns National Park 11/21/2013

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Giant Dome, Carlsbad Caverns National Park  11/21/2013

The display reads:
Hall of Giants
The three massive speleoithems in front of you are the largest in the cave.
These giants began as small deposits on the cavern floor. Gradual accumulation of calcite from dripping water caused them to grow in height and girth.
Giant Dome was once a stalagmite like the Twin Domes. Having grown high enough to touch the ceiling, it has become a "column."

"The more than 100 limestone caves within Carlsbad Caverns National Park are outstanding and notable world-wide because of their size, mode of origin, and the abundance, diversity and beauty of the speleothems (decorative rock formations) within. On-going geologic processes continue to form rare and unique speleothems, particularly in Lechuguilla Cave. Carlsbad Caverns and Lechuguilla Cave are well known for their great natural beauty, exceptional geologic features, and unique reef and rock formations. The Permian-aged Capitan Reef complex (in which Carlsbad Caverns, Lechuguilla and other caves formed) is one of the best preserved and most accessible complexes available for scientific study in the world." whc.unesco.org

Tarantula XING

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Tarantula XING

You never know what you'll see in the desert :^)

Buddha (center) and the Wizard (right)?

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Buddha (center) and the Wizard (right)?

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. All lighting is by the NPS.

Chandelier

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Chandelier

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Rooms

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Rooms

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. All lighting is by the NPS.

A Black Hole?

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A Black Hole?

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. All lighting is by the NPS.

Massive Stalagmites

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Massive Stalagmites

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. All lighting is by the NPS.

Different formation

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Different formation

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. All lighting is by the NPS.

Room

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Room

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. All lighting is by the NPS.

Town Meeting?

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Town Meeting?

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. All lighting is by the NPS.

Reflections

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Reflections

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. All lighting is by the NPS.

Room

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Room

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. All lighting is by the NPS.

Charlotte adds scale

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Charlotte adds scale

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. All lighting is by the NPS.

John & Charlotte

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John & Charlotte

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. All lighting is by the NPS.

The Wizard

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The Wizard

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. All lighting is by the NPS.

Reflections

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Reflections

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. All lighting is by the NPS.

Stalagmites

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Stalagmites

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. All lighting is by the NPS.

Carlsbad Caverns, NM

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Carlsbad Caverns, NM

John in Carlsbad Caverns

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John in Carlsbad Caverns