Self-Guided Tour

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Tours

NOTE: Timed-entry tickets ONLY reserve a time slot to enter the cave. All park visitors must purchase an entry ticket or present a valid National Park pass upon arrival. Please visit for information on entrance passes. 

There are two ways to enjoy the cavern on a Self-Guided Tour - either by elevator, hiking, or both. Visitors may choose to hike the steep one and a quarter mile paved trail entering through the cavern's Natural Entrance, which leads them into the spectacular one and a quarter mile Big Room Trail. Alternatively, you can simply take an elevator ride from the visitor center directly to the start of the Big Room Trail.

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