Beginning of main content
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1,000,000 properties worldwide and 550 airlines worldwide.

Search over a million flights, hotels, packages, and more

No Expedia cancellation fee to change or cancel almost any hotel reservation.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

See the wondrous geologic formations in a vast underground cavern system. Cave facilities offer easy walks or adventurous climbs and crawls. 

Explore Carlsbad Caverns National Park’s underground ecosystems. Rainwater passing through soil has formed acids. These solutions dripped through native limestone, picking up minerals and then creating fascinating deposits called speleothems. 

Descend an elevator roughly 79 stories and follow the 1.3-mile (2-kilometer) Big Room Trail. Alternatively, walk down the steep, serpentine 1.3-mile (2-kilometer) Natural Entrance Trail to reach the Big Room.

Notice how calcium deposits have built stalactites and stalagmites, some eventually joining as columns. Nature has decorated the caves with mineral features of draperies, thin straws, popcorn-shaped nodules and oddly curved helictites. 

Rent an audio guide to understand the history and geology of the caves. Reserve a spot on a ranger-led tour, which includes more rigorous climbing and crawling into narrow passageways. Your tour may pass through chambers with interesting names: King's Palace, Spider Cave and Hall of the White Giant. In Slaughter Canyon Cave, deposits take the shape of a sparkling Christmas tree.

Surprisingly, this vast underground attraction is equipped with facilities you might expect at an aboveground park: paved walkways, handrails, artificial lighting, restrooms, water fountains and a snack bar. Dress appropriately for the cave’s year-round cool, humid conditions.

When you return to the surface, enjoy the park’s aboveground features. The Chihuahuan Desert is great for backcountry trekking past cacti and canyons. Visit the park museum, with over 1 million artifacts from the area’s more than 10,000 years of human history. 

Stay for the evening Bat Flight ranger talk. From May to October, watch thousands of bats leaving the cave every night for their nocturnal wanderings. 

Carlsbad Caverns is open year-round except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Purchase a park entry pass good for 3 days or use an annual National Park Service interagency pass. Guided cave tours have an additional fee. Some trail segments are accessible to wheelchairs. The park’s New Mexico location is about a 1.5-hour drive from Roswell and just over 2 hours from El Paso, Texas. 

U.S. national parks offer affordable access to tall peaks and deep caverns. Enjoy your visit to the fascinating underground world of Carlsbad Caverns National Park.


Map

Best Lodging Options Near Carlsbad Caverns National Park

See all 36 Properties near Carlsbad Caverns National Park
White's City Cavern Inn $160
White's City Cavern Inn

White's City Cavern Inn

17 Carlsbad Cavern Hwy, Carlsbad, NM
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Carlsbad, this hotel is 7.3 mi (11.8 km) from Carlsbad Caverns National Park and within 25 mi (40 km) of Carlsbad Museum & Art Center and Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area. Riverwalk Recreation Center and Carlsbad Water Park are also within 25 mi (40 km).

    Motel 6 Carlsbad $84
    Motel 6 Carlsbad

    Motel 6 Carlsbad

    3824 National Parks Hwy, Carlsbad, NM
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Carlsbad, this motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Carlsbad Museum & Art Center, Carlsbad Water Park, and Riverwalk Recreation Center. Lamont Street Park and Lake Carlsbad Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Karbani Inn $85
      Karbani Inn

      Karbani Inn

      5012 National Parks Hwy, Carlsbad, NM
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Carlsbad, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Carlsbad Museum & Art Center, Carlsbad Water Park, and Riverwalk Recreation Center. Lamont Street Park and Lake Carlsbad Golf Course are also within 9 mi (15 km).

        Days Inn by Wyndham Carlsbad $114
        Days Inn by Wyndham Carlsbad

        Days Inn by Wyndham Carlsbad

        3910 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad, NM
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Carlsbad Museum & Art Center, Carlsbad Water Park, and Riverwalk Recreation Center. Lamont Street Park and Lake Carlsbad Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Carlsbad $116
          La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Carlsbad

          La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Carlsbad

          4020 National Parks Hwy, Carlsbad, NM
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Carlsbad, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Carlsbad Museum & Art Center, Lamont Street Park, and Riverwalk Recreation Center. Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area and Carlsbad Water Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Econo Lodge $67
            Econo Lodge

            Econo Lodge

            3706 National Parks Hwy, Carlsbad, NM
               
              1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Carlsbad, this hotel is 3.1 mi (5 km) from Carlsbad Museum & Art Center and within 6 mi (10 km) of Carlsbad Water Park and Riverwalk Recreation Center. Lamont Street Park and Lake Carlsbad Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Standard Room With Single bed
              Standard Room With Single bed

              Standard Room With Single bed

              Carlsbad, NM
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Carlsbad, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Carlsbad Museum & Art Center, Carlsbad Water Park, and Riverwalk Recreation Center. Lamont Street Park and Lake Carlsbad Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Super 8 by Wyndham Carlsbad $85
                Super 8 by Wyndham Carlsbad

                Super 8 by Wyndham Carlsbad

                3817 National Parks Hwy, Carlsbad, NM
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Carlsbad, this motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Carlsbad Museum & Art Center, Carlsbad Water Park, and Riverwalk Recreation Center. Lamont Street Park and Lake Carlsbad Golf Course are also within 6 mi (10 km).