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 Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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  EXPANDED HOURS: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tours available 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. LAST ENTRY INTO CAVE VIA NATURAL ENTRANCE IS 3:30. LAST ENTRY INTO CAVE VIA ELEVATOR IS AT 5:00.

REGULAR HOURS: After Labor Day until Memorial Day weekend, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tours available 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. LAST ENTRY INTO CAVE VIA NATURAL ENTRANCE IS 2:00. LAST ENTRY INTO CAVE VIA ELEVATOR IS AT 3:30.


The cave climate is cool and varies little from the annual 56F (13C) average temperature. A light jacket or sweater, and comfortable shoes with rubber soles for good traction are recommended.

Baby strollers are not permitted in the cave. Use a baby backpack if you need to carry your child. Only age 4 and up allowed on guided tours. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult that is at least 18.

Self-Guided Tours
The basic cavern entry is by way of two self-guided routes, the Big Room Route and the Natural Entrance Route. Tickets are sold at the visitor center each day, except December 25. Entrance fee tickets are good for three days but do not include guided or other special tours. Summer hours are in effect from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Guided Tours
Reservations are hightly recommended for all guided cave tours. Make reservations by calling 1-800-967-2283. An entrance fee ticket is required in addition to the guided tour fee for Kings Palace, Left Hand Tunnel, Lower Cave and Hall of the White Giant.



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