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
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.
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Learn About the Park
Nature, history, culture, photos, publications, and more.
Gift Shop, Eating, and Sleeping
A variety of options are available.
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