Plan Your Visit
A visit to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is most enjoyable when
it is pre-planned. We suggest you begin by deciding which tours are appropriate for you and your
Make reservations for guided tours by calling (800) 967-CAVE
or make them online at http://reservations.nps.gov.
Some tours are limited and fill up quickly, so plan well in advance.
If you don't like the weather just wait a few minutes...
The weather in southern New Mexico can change quickly at
any time of the year. Winter is often cold and dry with occasional
snow and ice storms. Spring is known to be extremely windy. Summer
is very hot and violent lightning storms are not uncommon in
the evenings. Fall is usually mild and without extremes. Call
(800) 432-4269 for road conditions in New Mexico and (505) 885-1848
for Carlsbad weather.
...of course, the weather in the cave is a mild 56 degrees
Fahrenheit (13C) year-round. A light jacket or sweater, and comfortable
shoes with rubber soles for good traction are appropriate year-round.
How to get here
Visitors arrive by way of U.S. Highway 62/180 from either Carlsbad,
New Mexico (23 miles to the northeast) or El Paso, Texas (150 miles
to the west). A scenic 7-mile (11.3 km) entrance road leads from the
park gate at Whites City to the visitor center and cavern entrance.
Carlsbad is served by Greyhound and TNM&O bus lines. Mesa Airlines
offers passenger service between Carlsbad and Albuquerque. Major airlines
serve Albuquerque, El Paso, Lubbock, and Midland, Texas. Rental cars
and taxi service are available from the airport at Carlsbad.
|Driving Distances (in miles)
|El Paso 151
|Las Cruces 197
||San Antonio 461
Where to stay
The Carlsbad Chamber
of Commerce can provide you with local information including lodging
and dining information, call them at (505) 887-6516. Whites City Resort
provides the lodging closest to the park. They also have a campground
and can be reached at (800)-CAVERNS.
If you need more information
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, New Mexico 88220
Last updated: Friday, 26-Mar-04 09:37:07
Park information: email@example.com