Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

4.5
#2 of 9 in Parks in Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Take a look at our Carlsbad Caverns National Park holiday planner to schedule your visit to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
Create an itinerary including Carlsbad Caverns National Park
map
Reviews
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
454 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • August 12, 2017
    Growing up in a farmhouse, we had plenty of experiences with bats in our home. I had a fear of them. This program helped me appreciate bats and overcome my fear. I learned a lot just by attending. Che...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Seeing the bats take flight from Carlsbad Caverns has been on my bucket list since National Geographic featured this amazing wonder of nature about 10+ years ago. I FINALLY made it! Absolutely amazing...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    My wife and I were blown away by the experience of watching hundreds of thousands of bats swirl out of the cave entrance! This is a free "tour" in an amphitheater at the cave mouth. It begins around 7...  more »
Google
  • April 29, 2017
    Carlsbad Caverns has been on my 'Bucket List' with good reason. You go down 750 feet in an elevator. The door opens up to a breath taking area called The Big Room Route. Stalactites and stalagmites are abundant, colorful, growths of rugged beauty created by 'Mother Nature'. What an incredible place to enjoy. The Big Room Route is a mile and the brochure says it takes 1 1/2 hours to walk the path with handrails. It took us 2 hours because I couldn't resist the endless picture taking opportunities that are there. To sum up the experience...WOW!
  • April 22, 2017
    The trip from Texas was worth it. Had a great time exploring the caverns. It gets a little chilly inside so bring a light jacket just in case. Definitely worth the drive. Spectacular opportunities for pictures.
  • May 24, 2017
    We stayed late to watch the bats fly and it was well worth the wait. The natural entrance is definitely the path to take. Bring a flashlight or get one there.
  • May 13, 2017
    Huge dimensions Feels totally at ease while in smaller caves I feel oppressed. So a must go for claustrophobic people. Went down using the elevator. You can go up anytime when you feel the need. not crowdy in May.
  • February 9, 2017
    If you do anything in NM, go to Carlsbad Caverns. It is by far the best National monument I have been to. Pictures and stories don't do it justice, this one you HAVE to see in person. Well worth the drive. I went in February so they're on winter hours and only a few guided tours are available each day, but there weren't 400 total people through here all day on a Saturday. Summer hours get crazy with over 4,000 (four thousand) visitors per day, which is just bonkers. Plan on spending the entire day here, especially in the summer, and take a guided tour. The history and grandeur of the caverns is incredible. If you arrive early and get out by 200pm, head south to Guadalupe Mtn., about 25 miles southwest in Texas. Guadalupe is another great spot for hiking and you could easily spend a day there as well.

Plan your trip to Carlsbad Caverns National Park

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The only option for sleeping within Carlsbad Caverns National Park is to grab a free permit and pitch your own tent in the backcountry. You can, however, find a handful of places to stay in White's City, which sits at the park's entrance. Here you'll find campgrounds, a few economy hotels, a couple of dining establishments, and other entertainment options. About 40 km (25 mi) up the road, the small city of Carlsbad offers more choice for accommodations. Hotels here tend to show their age, but most are clean.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Carlsbad Caverns National Park by other users

10 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, romantic, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, romantic, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 30 days in Western US BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 6 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in New Mexico & Marfa BY A USER FROM CANADA November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 13 days in New Mexico & San Francisco BY A USER FROM BRAZIL November, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, wildlife, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: November, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 35 days in New Mexico BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Carlsbad Caverns National Park BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy
View more plans