Carlsbad Caverns: How to Plan the Best Day Touring the Cave & Hiking

If you are looking for a place to visit full of natural wonders and beauty, then be sure to add Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico to your list!

There are also plenty of other activities available at the park, such as hiking, camping, and wildlife watching.

Explore the Caverns

Reservations are required to enter the cave and cannot be made at the park.


Be sure to make tour time slot reservations online at before your trip.

Fees & Passes

Driving into Carlsbad Caverns to park and walk around does not require a park entrance fee (like other national parks).

Self-Guided Tours

One of the best parts about exploring Carlsbad Caverns is that there are options for self-guided tours so visitors can explore at their own pace!

Natural Entrance Trail

Be sure to read the signs along the route to see famous landmarks inside the cave, such as Devil’s Spring, Iceberg Rock, and the Whale’s Mouth.

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