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Carlsbad Caverns National Park:

We wish to thank Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia for some of the images and information on this page. We share information with Wikipedia.

The Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a United States National Park in the Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico.

The primary attraction of the park for most visitors is it's show cave, called Carlsbad Caverns.

Carlsbad Caverns includes a large cave chamber, called the "Big Room," a natural limestone chamber which is almost 4,000 feet long, & 625 feet wide, it is also about 350 feet high at the highest point. It is the third largest chamber in North America and the seventh largest in the world.

Visitors to the cave can hike in on their own by way of Carlsbad Caverns natural entrance, or take the elevator; which is the exit for everyone. The elevator actually goes directly to the Underground Lunchroom some 750 feet below.

Carlsbad Caverns peak visitation period typically occurs on the weekends, following Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

The park entrance is located on US Highway 62 / 180 approximately 18 miles southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

How To Get There:

To access Carlsbad Caverns National Park's only entrance road, New Mexico Highway 7, turn north from US Hwy 62 / 180 at Whites City, New Mexico - which is 16 miles southwest of Carlsbad, NM and 150 miles northeast of El Paso, Texas. The entrance road stretches a scenic 7-mile (11.3 km) from the park gate at Whites City to the Visitor Center and cavern entrance. The address for the park's Visitor Center is 727 National Parks Higway, Carlsbad, NM, even though it's located 23 miles from the town.

Carlsbad is served by Greyhound and TNM&O bus lines. New Mexico Airlines offers passenger service between Carlsbad and Albuquerque. Major airlines serve Roswell and Albuquerque, New Mexico; and El Paso, Lubbock and Midland, Texas. Rental cars and taxi service are available from the airport in Carlsbad.


Carlsbad Caverns National Park is open every day of the year except December 25.

Fall/Winter/Spring hours: September 6, 2011 - Memorial Day weekend 2012

Last Cavern Entry:
Via Natural Entrance: 2 p.m.
Via elevator: 3:30 p.m.

Visitor Center Open: 8 a.m. -5 p.m.

Summer extended hours: May 27, 2011 - September 5, 2011

Last Cavern Entry:
Via Natural Entrance: 3:30 p.m.
Via elevator: 4 p.m.
Visitor Center Open: 8 a.m. -7 p.m.

Please note: Beginning on the second Sunday in March, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is on Mountain Daylight Saving Time; Mountain Standard Time begins on the first Sunday in November.

Hours change according to the times of the year.

We suggest checking for more information, that is constantly updated, at the Carlsbad Caverns National Park link, at the bottom of this page.


There also are numerous free pdf pamplets that you can download about the park on their web page.


For a Carlsbad Caverns National Park Map, of the surrounding areas, in Acrobat pdf format click "Carlsbad Caverns National Park Area Map".

For a Carlsbad Caverns National Park Map, of cave locations, in Acrobat pdf format click "Carlsbad Caverns National Park Cave Locations Map".

There is no lodging available within Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Camping is allowed only in the backcountry, at least a half-mile from roads and parking lots, and requires a free permit which is issued at the park visitor center.

The nearest hotel and private campground is in Whites City, just at the entrance to the park. Whites City is privately owned and may be contacted at 800-CAVERNS or (575)785-2291.

The town of Carlsbad, New Mexico has numerous lodging, campgrounds, and dining options. It is located 20 miles north-east of the park, on highway 62/180.

If you are planning to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park. And if you are coming from outside of New Mexico, you could fly into nearest major airport to to Carlsbad, New Mexico which is Cavern City Air Terminal (CNM / KCNM). This airport is about 6 miles from the center of Carlsbad, NM.

You could then then rent a car.

There are many hotels and motels in both areas and if you need a place to stay; Priceline.com can arrange that for you.

We have personally, booked flights, hotels, and vacations; through Priceline.com and we can highly recommend them. Their website is also easy to use!

We have some links to Priceline.com on this page since they can arrange all of your air flights, hotels and car.

In addition, you may need to purchase some outdoor camping gear and clothing.

We also have some links to Altrec.com on this page since they are a good online source for any outdoor camping gear and clothing that you may need.

We of course, appreciate your use of the advertising on our pages, since it helps us to keep our pages active.

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