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Whites City, New Mexico: Carlsbad Caverns

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Address:
Carlsbad Cavern Hwy, Whites City, NM
Directions:
Fifteen miles southwest of Carlsbad on US Hwy 62 to White's City, then follow Carlsbad Cavern Hwy several miles up into the hills to the cave entrance.
Hours:
Daily 8-7, cave 8:30-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
575-785-2232
Admission:
Adults $10.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Carlsbad Caverns

Lovely formations; flat floors; nice, big, dry rooms; and an underground restaurant. It's the tourist cave of your dreams.

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Carlsbad Caverns.

Carlsbad Caverns

The cafeteria and gift shop at the cavern floor is closed, perhaps just for the season. The book store gift shop, right outside the elevators back up, is cheaper than the main gift shop, but with a limited selection.

The hike down is tricky but paved, so just be wary of wet surfaces. Tour groups can get big and the path can get narrow, so be aware of your surroundings before stopping for photos.

[Harmon, 05/19/2023]

Carlsbad Caverns.

Carlsbad Caverns

Beautiful surrounding area and breathtaking views inside Carlsbad Caverns. A lot of walking, with few bathrooms inside the caverns.

[Jackie, 08/01/2018]
Carlsbad Caverns

The Carlsbad Caverns elevator has been down for several months. It's a fairly strenuous hike 720 feet down and back up, but doable if you hike at all. If can't hike, suggest calling first to see if the elevator is working.

[Joyce Mccaslin, 02/19/2016]

After several unsuccessful repair attempts, the elevator was finally restored to working order in mid-August 2016.

Carlsbad Caverns

Fantastic visit. Allow plenty of time to enjoy the self-guided tour. It's fun to find a restaurant and gift shop down in the caverns. Something new that started this year: the Caverns are now closed on Thanksgiving Day.

[Roger Sleight, 01/01/2015]

We wonder if the Caverns ever served Thanksgiving turkey dinner in its underground restaurant?


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