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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News

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 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.

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Mexican Buckeye

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Mexican Buckeye

Seen in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

Thanks to [https://www.flickr.com/photos/32930933@N02] I now know this to be
Ungnadia speciosa; Mexican Buckeye

Curvepod Fumewort

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Curvepod Fumewort

Seen at the main cave entrance to Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

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Corydalis curvisiliqua; Curvepod fumewort

Fendler's Bladderpod

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Fendler's Bladderpod

Seen at the main cave entrance to Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

Scarlet Globemallow

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Scarlet Globemallow

Seen at the main cave entrance to Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

Thanks to [https://www.flickr.com/photos/ben_caledonia] I now believe this to be
Sphaeralcea coccinea; Scarlet Globemallow

Unidentified Flower

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Unidentified Flower

Seen at the main cave entrance to Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico