Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Information

Location Eddy County, New Mexico, U.S.
Nearest City Carlsbad
Coordinates 32°10′31″N 104°26′38″W
Area 46,766.45 acres (189.26 km2)
46,427.26 acres (187.88 km2) federal
Established May 14, 1930
Visitors 407,367 (in 2006)
Governing Body National Park Service

 

UNESCO World Heritage Site
Type Natural
Criteria vii, viii
Reference 721
Region North America
Inscription History
Inscription 1995  (19th Session)

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Named Rooms

  • Balloon Ballroom
  • Bat Cave
  • Bell Cord Room
  • Bifrost Room
  • Big Room or The Hall of the Giants
  • Chocolate High
  • Green Lake Room
  • Guadalupe Room
  • Hall of the White Giant
  • King's Palace
  • Lake of the Clouds
  • Left Hand Tunnel
  • Mabel's Room
  • Mystery Room
  • New Mexico Room
  • New Section
  • Papoose Room
  • Queen's Chamber
  • Spirit World
  • Talcum Passage
  • The Rookery
  • Underground Lunchroom

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Operating Hours & Seasons

  • Fall/Winter/Spring hours:  September 7, 2010 - May 26, 2011;
  • 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
  • (Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend)
  • Last Cavern Entry:
    • Via Natural Entrance: 3:30 p.m.
    • Via elevator: 4 p.m.
  • Visitor Center Open: 8 a.m. -7 p.m.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Fees

Adults – $6,
Children 15
Under – Free

Free Fee Days 2011

Ranger-Guided Tour Fees

Place Name Ticket Price
Kings Palace $8 for Adults,
$4 for Children,
Under 4 not permitted
$4 for Senior
Left Hand Tunnel $7 for Adults,
$3.50 for Children,
Under 6 not permitted
$3.50 for Senior
Slaughter Canyon Cave

$15 for Adults,
$7.50 for Children
Under 8not permitted.
$7.50 for Senior

Lower Cave $20 for Adults,
$10 for Children, u
Under 12 not permitted
$10 for Senior
Hall of the White Giant $20 for Adults,
$10 for Children,
Under 12 not permitted
$10 for Senior
Spider Cave $20 for Adults,
$10 for Children,
Under 12 not permitted.
$10 for Senior

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Legislative History

October 25, 1923 – Creation of Carlsbad Cave National Monument
April 2, 1924 – Executive Order
May 3, 1928 – Supplemental Executive Order
May 14, 1930 – Creation of Carlsbad Caverns National Park
June 17, 1930 – Executive Order