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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park



Location: Eddy County  Map

Info: (575) 785- 2232, (800) 967- 2283

Open: May- Aug: 8:30am- 3:30pm daily

Sep- mid- May: 8:30am- 2pm

Area: 46,766 acres

Official site

What to see:

- Natural Entrance Tour

- Hall of Giants, Giant Dome on the big Room Tour

- deepest part of the cave during King's Palace Tour





Description of Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a United States national park located in southeastern New Mexico, in the Sierra de Guadalupe, in the same mountain range as the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The park was created to preserve the Carlsbad cavern and other smaller caverns arisen in a Permian reef. The park comprises 83 independent caves including the Lechuguilla Cave, the deepest limestone cave and the third in length in the United States, with 489 meters of depth. The Carlsbad cavern contains one of the deepest underground chambers in the world. You can access it both individually and on guided tours throughout the year. Visitors can access the cave through its main entrance or through an elevator, through which the cave must leave the world.

Carlsbad was at first a national monument, established by proclamation of President Calvin Coolidge on October 25, 1923. Congress redesigned it as a national park on May 14, 1930. On December 6, 1995, Unesco declared it a World Heritage Site. The humanity. Approximately two thirds of the park has been declared a wild area to avoid any change in the habitat.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is open all year round except Christmas day, but most visitors arrive during the summer months as well as during weekends and other vacations. January is the month with fewer visits and the highest number of visitors arrive during the weekend after the Independence Day in the United States. The entrance to the park is through federal highway 62/180 approximately 29 kilometers south of the town of Carlsbad.




Fees and permits

The basic fee for the main cave is $10, Children 15 and under are free, good for three days. Headset rentals are an extra $3 per person. The park also holds several free admission days throughout the year. See the Fee and Reservation page for the dates.

There are several passes for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or individuals on foot or on bike. These passes provide free entry at national parks and national wildlife refuges, and also cover standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. These passes are valid at all national parks including Carlsbad Caverns National Park:

The $80 Annual Pass (valid for twelve months from date of issue) can be purchased by anyone. Military personnel can obtain a free annual pass in person at a federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over can obtain a Senior Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site for $80, or through the mail for $90; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and age. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities. Seniors can also obtain a $20 annual pass.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities can obtain an Access Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site at no charge, or through the mail for $10; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and permanent disability. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities.
Individuals who have volunteered 250 or more hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program can receive a free Volunteer Pass.
4th graders can receive an Annual 4th Grade Pass that allows free entry for the duration of the 4th grade school year (September-August) to the bearer and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. Registration at the Every Kid in a Park website is required.
In 2018 the National Park Service will offer four days on which entry is free for all national parks: January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (1st Day of NPS Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day weekend).

Several of the ranger-led activities (see under "Do") require additional fees. Consult the NPS web site below for more information. Backcountry activities (other than surface day hikes) extending beyond the ranger-led tours require permits.




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