Visit Carlsbad Caverns!

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Before You Arrive

Before You Arrive

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico. It features more than 100 caves. The Natural Entrance is a path into the namesake Carlsbad Cavern. Stalactites cling to the roof of the Big Room, a huge underground chamber in the cavern. Walnut Canyon Desert Loop is a drive with desert views. Rattlesnake Springs, a desert wetland, attracts reptiles and hundreds of bird species.

Address: New Mexico 88220

Elevation: 3,599′

Area: 73.07 mi²


Open today · 8:30AM–6:30PM

Phone(575) 785-2232

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.

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NPS Photo by Gavin Newman