Carlsbad Caverns National Park Tours

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Tucked beneath the scenic and rugged Chihuahuan Desert, in the rocky slopes and deep canyons of Guadalupe Mountain range you will find Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Come explore the largest chambered cavern in North America.   

Visitors are able to make Self-Guided Tour reservations at a cost of $1.00 per ticket. Entrance fees into the cave must be paid inside the visitor center upon arrival. 

The Guadalupe Mountains are an uplifted portion of ancient reef, which thrived along the edge of an inland sea more than 250 million years ago. Preserved in the rocks are the ancient bodies of sponges, algae, snails, nautilus and more. This fossil reef formed the caves beneath the surface. Over time, sulfuric acid dissolved into surrounding limestone, creating stunning rock formations jutting down from the cave ceilings. More than 300,000 visitors travel to Carlsbad Caverns each year for a rare glimpse of the underground worlds preserved beneath the desert.  

Visitors may choose to hike the steep one and a quarter mile paved trail entering through the cave's Natural Entrance, which leads them into the spectacular one and a quarter mile Big Room trail. Or, you can simply take an elevator ride from the Visitor Center directly to the Big Room trail. 

 

Visitors are encouraged to review the tour details , which may include age or other restrictions, before making a reservation. 

Summary of Fees - Carlsbad Caverns National Park Tours  

Tucked beneath the scenic and rugged Chihuahuan Desert, in the rocky slopes and deep canyons of Guadalupe Mountain range you will find Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Come explore the largest chambered cavern in North America.   

Visitors are able to make Self-Guided Tour reservations at a cost of $1.00 per ticket. Entrance fees into the cave must be paid inside the visitor center upon arrival. 

The Guadalupe Mountains are an uplifted portion of ancient reef, which thrived along the edge of an inland sea more than 250 million years ago. Preserved in the rocks are the ancient bodies of sponges, algae, snails, nautilus and more. This fossil reef formed the caves beneath the surface. Over time, sulfuric acid dissolved into surrounding limestone, creating stunning rock formations jutting down from the cave ceilings. More than 300,000 visitors travel to Carlsbad Caverns each year for a rare glimpse of the underground worlds preserved beneath the desert.  

Visitors may choose to hike the steep one and a quarter mile paved trail entering through the cave's Natural Entrance, which leads them into the spectacular one and a quarter mile Big Room trail. Or, you can simply take an elevator ride from the Visitor Center directly to the Big Room trail. 

 

Visitors are encouraged to review the tour details , which may include age or other restrictions, before making a reservation. 

Summary of Fees - Carlsbad Caverns National Park Tours  

Need to Know

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Tickets are available 30 days in advance and up to 12 hours before the tour date.

Changes and Cancellations

No refunds for the Self-Guided Timed Entry Tour. See Facility Rates for fees.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

727 CARLSBAD CAVERNS HWY Carlsbad NM 88220

Phone Number

575-236-1309 (GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY - RESERVATION INFO IS NOT PROVIDED)

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