Planning a trip to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and need some help planning your trip?

Here is the National Park Obsessed guide for visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Basics

Region: Intermountain / Southwest

Park Size: 46,766 acres (73.07 sq miles) (189.26 sq km)

Location: Eddy County

Closest Cities: Carlsbad, New Mexico

Busy Season: June to July

Visitation: 440,691 (in 2019)

How much does Carlsbad Caverns National Park Cost?

Carlsbad Caverns National Park costs the following:

  • Adult Entrance Ticket (over age 16) – $15
  • Children Entrance Ticket (under age 15) – Free

Cave tours are an addition fee.

The American the Beautiful Pass offers free admission to all 116 fee-charging National Park Units including Carlsbad Caverns.

When is Carlsbad Caverns National Park Open?

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is open year-round.

Are dogs allowed in Carlsbad Caverns National Park?

Yes, pets are welcome in Carlsbad Caverns National Park but access is limited. Pets are not allowed in the cave or off-road. Please review the Carlsbad Caverns Pet Policy before bringing your dog to Carlsbad Caverns.

Where are Carlsbad Caverns National Park’s visitor centers?

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Visitor Center – Open Year Around

Land Acknowledgment

The park now known as Carlsbad Caverns National Parks is on Mescalero Apache land.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

Jennifer is a long time national park blogger and the founder of National Park Obsessed. She is a dedicated National Park lover who is working on visiting all 62 US National Parks. She has currently been to 53 of the National Parks. She is dedicated to sharing her knowledge of the Parks with others and helping them learn to love the parks as much as she does.

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