Western United States

Western United States includes 13 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming

Carlsbad Caverns

Beauty and Wonder; Above and Below

High ancient sea ledges, deep rocky canyons, flowering cactus, and desert wildlife—treasures above the ground in the Chihuahuan Desert. Hidden beneath the surface are more than 119 caves—formed when sulfuric acid dissolved limestone leaving behind caverns of all sizes.

Reservations Required to Enter Cavern

First-Time Visitors

Important information for first-time visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Plan Your Visit

Directions, hours, fees, things to do, and more.

Plan Like a Park Ranger

Top-10 tips for visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Download the NPS App

Learn About the Park

Nature, history, culture, photos, publications, and more.

Gift Shop, Eating, and Sleeping

A variety of options are available.

Bookstore

The bookstore is operated by our non-profit

Aztec Ruins

Footprint of Ancestral Pueblo Society

Pueblo people describe this site as part of their migration journey. Today you can follow their ancient passageways to a distant time. Explore a 900-year old ancestral Pueblo Great House of over 400 masonry rooms. Look up and see original timbers holding up the roof. Search for the fingerprints of ancient workers in the mortar. Listen for an echo of ritual drums in the reconstructed Great Kiva.

Explore the Aztec West Trail

Walk the half-mile trail through Aztec Ruins. Discover T-shaped doorways, intact ancestral Pueblo rooms, and a reconstructed Great Kiva!

Wupatki

Walnut Canyon

Remarkable Rocks and Ancient Cliff Dwellings

Come gaze across curved canyon walls. Among the remarkable geological formations of the canyon itself, the former homes of ancient inhabitants are easily evident. Along the trails you can imagine life within Walnut Canyon, while visiting actual pueblos and walking in the steps of those who came before.

View Cliff Dwellings on the Island Trail

The one mile round-trip Island Trail provides access to 25 cliff dwellings.

Sunset Crater Volcano

The Destruction and Rebirth of a Landscape

The cinder cone volcano’s rim is the dusky red of sunset, but the crater is only part of the story. Around 1085 the ground began to shake, and lava spewed high into the air. When the eruption finished, it had changed both the landscape and the people who lived here. Today, it teaches how nature and humankind affect each other—and how rebirth and renewal happen in the wake of disaster.

Fee Free Days

While the entry fee for Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is usually $25 per vehicle, here are days when you can visit for free!

Petrified Forest

Navajo

The Canyons that Have Been Occupied for Centuries

The Hopi, San Juan Southern Paiute, Zuni, and Navajo are tribes that have inhabited the canyons for centuries. Springs fed into farming land on the canyon floor and homes were built in the natural sandstone alcoves. The cliff dwellings of Betatakin, Keet Seel, and Inscription House were last physically occupied around 1300 AD but the villages have a spiritual presence that can still be felt today.

Generation to Generation

Learn more about the ancestral ways of life of the alcove dwellers and how modern tribal members have kept that heritage alive.

Park is Open with Limited Services

Limited Services are currently available. Find out what is offered at the park at this time. The park is free and open year-round.

Guided Cliff Dwelling Tours

Guided Cliff Dwelling Tours to Betatakin and Keet Seel are CLOSED until further notice due to COVID-19 related park closures.

Montezuma Castle

Window Into The Past

Established December 8, 1906, Montezuma Castle is the third National Monument dedicated to preserving Native American culture. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a story of ingenuity, survival and ultimately, prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape.

Archaeology at Montezuma Castle

Explore artifacts from the Sinagua People

Montezuma Well

Explore the geology, plants, and animals.

Natural Resources at Montezuma Castle

Explore the wildlife and plants of Montezuma Castle.

Become a Junior Ranger!

Do you have what it takes to learn about Montezuma Castle?

Your Field Trip Starts Here!

Find out how to apply for an educational fee waiver.

Filming and Still Photography

Interested In Commercial Filming Or Still Photography? Check Out Our Rules And Regulations Before Visiting

Protecting The Night

Protecting Our Dark Skies

Nearby Attractions

Check Out Other Locations In The Verde Valley

Lake Mead

Lake Mead

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Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park

Located in Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park encompasses 277 miles (446 km) of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. The park is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon; a mile (1.6 km) deep, and up to 18 miles (29 km) wide. Layered bands of colorful rock reveal millions of years of geologic history. Grand Canyon is unmatched in the vistas it offers visitors from the rim. Open 24 hours.

Lodging: South Rim & North Rim

Lodging for the 2021 Season will book up well in advance, Make reservations as far ahead as possible.

Camping: South Rim & North Rim

Considering a visit? South Rim has RV Trailer Village, Mather, and Desert View Campgrounds. The North Rim Campground is open for the season.

Weather and Road Conditions

Travelers can view current weather forecast, radar, infrared imagery and webcams. Also, road condition updates for North and South Rims.

Trip Planning Maps & Publications

Download and read our Trip Planner before you visit the park. Contains useful information and essential maps for both North and South Rims.

Shop Online for Books and Gifts

Your purchase supports the park. 0perated by non-profit partner Grand Canyon Conservancy,

Free South Rim Shuttle Buses

Four South Rim shuttle bus routes are in operation this summer. Face mask/coverings are required before boarding.

What’s Open?

Links to current hours of operation for lodges, restaurants, shops, and other services offered within the park.

Critical Backcountry Updates

In the event of Trail Closures and Restrictions, you can call 928-638-7688 for recorded updates.

Ranger Programs & Virtual Tours

Check at information tables for availability of Ranger Programs. Or take a Grand Canyon Virtual Tour. 7/17/2021

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