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 family.
Some tours fill up quickly. You may wish to
make reservations ahead of time.
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.
On the other hand, 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
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)
|Albuquerque — 304
||Lubbock — 206
|Amarillo — 329
||Midland — 194
|Dallas — 500
||Odessa — 174
|Denver — 626
||Phoenix — 581
|El Paso — 151
||Roswell — 103
|Las Cruces — 197
||San Antonio — 461
Where to stay
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