Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Facility:Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Description:As you pass through the Chihuahuan Desert and Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico and west Texas filled with prickly pear, chollas, sotols and agaves you might never guess there are more than 300 known caves beneath the surface. The park contains 116 of these caves, formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone, creating some of the largest caves in North America.

While there are a variety of cave tours available - from the self-guided areas of the Big Room to crawling through narrow passageways on the Hall of the White Giant Tour or in Spider Cave - there are also opportunities for hiking and backcountry camping, attending programs in the visitor center, and watching the incredible exodus of Mexican free-tail bats out of Carlsbad Cavern at dusk in the summer.
Address 1:3225 National Parks Highway
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Zip Code:88220
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Hours:Carlsbad Caverns National Park is open every day of the year except for December 25.

EXPANDED (SUMMER) HOURS: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tours are available 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last entry into cave via natural entrance is 3:30. Last Entry into cave via elevator is 5:00.

REGULAR HOURS: After Labor Day until Memorial Day weekend, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours are available 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Last entry into cave via natural entrance is 2:00. Last entry into cave via elevator is 3:30.

Please note: Beginning on the second Sunday in March, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is on Mountain Daylight Saving Time; Mountain Standard Time begins on the first Sunday in November.
Admission:Adults $6, Children 15 and under Free
See Ranger-Guided Tour Options on the website for various fees.
Telephone:(575) 785-2232
Teresa S., Co-op Member
Carlsbad Caverns is a great place for the budding scientist. Once you get into the caves, some parts are self guided so you can take your time and explore all the geological formations like stalagmites and stalactites. Other areas have a guide to give the visitor specific history of the many cave formations. There are hotels to stay in Carlsbad in case you want to take more than one day to see all there is to see here! Southern New Mexico is especially in the summer!
David, Co-op Member
This is not something you see every day. The history and geological lessons abound. We live in Albuquerque and this one is worth the drive.
Jackie Penn, Co-op Member
I grew up visiting this particular cavern many times as a child. It is spectacular. I love watching the bats fly out. The walking can be taxing, but they also have elevators. You can take guided tours and look on your own. This is a must see place. It is the best cavern I have been to and I've been to several in several different states. Take your time and enjoy this one.
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