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 Accessible to Public During Government Shutdown

During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, park roads, lookouts, and trails at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited. The visitor center and cavern will be closed.

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.

Elevators Modernization at Carlsbad Caverns Nears Completion

The completion of the primary elevators modernization at Carlsbad Caverns National Park has been delayed until June 15. Since the end of April, Tutor Perini Corporation and ThyssenKrupp had been working 10-hour days, seven days per week in the attempt to complete the project by May 25. The park continues to provide visitors with elevator service into and out of the cavern using a secondary set of elevators during this modernization project.

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Shutdown - HFF!

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Shutdown - HFF!

The visitor center at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico. The visitor center and the cave itself remain closed during the partial government shutdown.

Fairyland, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Fairyland, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Empty Cave

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Empty Cave

My students were unable to go inside Carlsbad Caverns during the government shutdown. We found things to do on the surface instead, but it was still a disappointment.

Big Room, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Big Room, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Cairn at Rattlesnake Canyon - Explored

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Cairn at Rattlesnake Canyon - Explored

This is the junction between the Rattlesnake Canyon Trail and the spur trail that leads to the Walnut Canyon Road trailhead. People have missed the junction and died in the grueling summer heat, so the NPS has added signs and cairns to make it more visible.

Explored # 237 on January 23, 2019. Thank you, everyone!

Fossils from a coral reef

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Fossils from a coral reef

The Guadalupe Mountains are part of a huge coral reef from the Permian period.

This image is from Carlsbad Caverns National Park, which lies in the Guadalupe Mountains northeast of Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

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Big Room, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Big Room, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park 2018

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