Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a stunning place whether you’re a cave fanatic or never thought twice about one. Check out the Big Room.
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Temple of the Sun stalagmite at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Explore the Inside of the Earth

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a stunning place whether you’re a cave fanatic or never thought twice about one. Check out the Big Room, North America’s largest single cave chamber that's as large as six football fields. You can take a self-guided tour of the Big Room by walking 1.25 steep miles one way via the Natural Entrance. Or use the elevator in the Visitor Center and descend 750 feet into the Big Room. From there, you walk on a paved trail. It’s $10 for adults; kids 15 and younger are free.

To explore other caves, make reservations at least 48 hours in advance for a guided tour, ranging from easy to very difficult. Adults tickets start at $7. Each cave has a different minimum age requirement for children based on the difficulty of the excursion.

For reservations go to recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777.

Adventure lies above; Adventure lies below.

Carlsbad, N.M., serves as the gateway to both Carlsbad Caverns National Park, located 28 miles southwest of the city, and to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, which lies 50 miles farther southwest across the Texas border. It's located in the Chihuahuan Desert on the beautiful Pecos River. Hiking, golfing, and water recreation are just a few of the numerous activities to enjoy on the sunshine-filled days in Carlsbad.

For more information:

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
575-785-2232
nps.gov/cave

For more information:
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce
302 South Canal Street, Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
(866) 822-9226
CarlsbadNMTrue.com