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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas Social Distancing Required
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COVID-19 STATUS: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

PARK PHASED REOPENING

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So what does "Park Phased Reopening" mean?

According to the U.S. National Park Service, Carlsbad Caverns National Park is currently working on reopening. This can mean that certain areas are closed. It can include trails, campgrounds, facilities, visitor centers, etc. Visit the source link below for more detailed information regarding this park's status.

What we know:

Currently, Carlsbad Caverns National Park requires reservations to enter the cavern. The below source link has detailed information about cavern reservations and a link to make reservations online. Reservations are NOT available in person at the park. The below source link has more information about the status of the park. The National Park Service requires everyone at this park, regardless of vaccination status, to continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, such as narrow/busy trails, overlooks, visitor center patios, & other congested areas.

Face Masks or Coverings Required in Certain Areas

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is currently requiring masks or face coverings in certain or all areas. Depending on your vaccination status, if you are not fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks after your final vaccination), and according to CDC guidelines, which currently depends on the COVID-19 transmissibility rate in the community in and around the park. Most parks requiring masks indoors have put an alert out (found below in the Alerts section). Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of New Mexico and the local community for more detailed information.

Social Distancing Required

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is currently requiring everyone to social distance, 6 feet or more, from others. This usually means outside of your immediate group. Some parks may also have size restrictions on gatherings to help assist in social distancing. Please refer to the U.S. National Park Service, the state of New Mexico and the local community for more detailed information.

Last Updated: August 27, 2021
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park News

Showing the last 10 news releases. Click here to visit nps.gov's Carlsbad Caverns National Park - News section for more.

  • Carlsbad Caverns Implements Precautions to Prevent Spread of White-Nose Syndrome

    May 22, 2021 | 3:54 pm

    In April 2021, Pd (Pseudogymnoascus destructans) the fungus that causes White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) in bats, was detected on hibernating bats and cave walls in two eastern New Mexico caves in Lincoln and DeBaca County. 

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Preventative Measure Implemented Due to Increased Fire Danger

    April 2, 2021 | 9:02 am

    Due to increased fire danger, Carlsbad Caverns National Park has implemented the following preventative measure--Using park provided fire/charcoal grills or personal fire/charcoal grills is prohibited at Rattlesnake Springs Picnic Area.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Virtually Experience the Rock of Ages Program

    December 12, 2020 | 4:20 pm

    On December 19, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will begin to release nine podcasts to experience the Rock of Ages Program. Two radio theater episodes will be released each weekend for five weeks and made available on the park’s website.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Preventative Measures Implemented Due to Extreme Fire Danger

    November 19, 2020 | 10:24 am

    Due to extreme fire danger, Carlsbad Caverns National Park has implemented the following preventative measures: 1) Charcoal fires are prohibited and 2) Open flames and cooking stoves are prohibited in the backcountry.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park Modifying Operations

    November 16, 2020 | 10:03 am

    Based on guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to Carlsbad Caverns National Park is as follows: Open: Park roads, desert trails, and picnic areas Closed: Cavern and visitor center, including the gift shop, restaurant, and bookstore

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Update: Carlsbad Caverns National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

    March 20, 2020 | 5:13 pm

    As of March 21, 2020, the cavern and visitor center, including the gift shop, restaurant, and bookstore, are closed until further notice. In addition, ranger-guided tours have been cancelled. Park roads, desert trails, and picnic areas will remain open.

    Read more at nps.gov


  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park is Modifying Operations to Implement Latest Health Guidance

    March 17, 2020 | 5:37 pm

    As of March 18, 2020, access to Carlsbad Cavern by elevators is closed until further notice, except for those using wheelchairs, walkers, or canes. Visitors will still be able to enjoy the cavern by hiking the Natural Entrance Trail.

    Read more at nps.gov