Carlsbad Caverns Fast Facts

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park covers a total area of 46,766 acres
  • The number of people visiting Carlsbad Caverns in 2017 was 520,026 *
  • Carlsbad Caverns was made a national park on May 14, 1930
  • The lowest elevation found in Carlsbad Caverns is 3,596 feet at Black River
  • The highest elevation found in Carlsbad Caverns is 6,535 feet on Guadalupe Ridge
  • There is no entrance fee for Carlsbad Caverns National Park, but there are fees to enter caves.
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park lies in the Mountain time zone
  • We last visited Carlsbad Caverns National Park in May 2009
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Carlsbad Caverns Visitation Statistics


Random Facts About Carlsbad Caverns

  • The caves in Carlsbad Caverns are 56°F throughout the year, with high humidity.
  • At present there are 117 known caves in the park, and more will be discovered. The cave known as Carlsbad Cavern is only one of these.
  • The Big Room in Carlsbad Caverns, at 8.2 acres, is the largest accessible cave chamber in North America.
  • Although Carlsbad Caverns is rightly known for its famous caves, there are also more than 50 miles of aboveground trails that explore the desert landscape.
  • There are at least 17 species of bats found in the park. The most common are Brazilian (sometimes called Mexican) free-tailed bats; they can be seen exiting Carlsbad Cavern each night.
  • Lechuguilla Cave, made famous on the Planet Earth series, is located in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. It cannot be accessed by the public, and entry is allowed only for special research purposes.

Where is Carlsbad Caverns National Park?

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in a remote area of southeastern New Mexico, not far from the Texas state line. In fact, one of Texas’ two national parks, Guadalupe Mountains, is only about a 30 minute drive away. Carlsbad Caverns is what some call a “destination park”, meaning that it is the major draw in the area, and the reason most people would be there. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Carlsbad Caverns.

Main Entrance
(32.17725841307101, -104.38091835381783)

More About Carlsbad Caverns

We have pages on all sorts of things about Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Cave Tours, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.