Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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VISIT Carlsbad Caverns National Park:

Park Details

Carlsbad Caverns National Park was established on October 25, 1923, and has a total area of 46,766 acres (73 square miles, or 189 square kilometers).

Address 727 Carlsbad Caverns Highway, Carlsbad, NM, 88220
Phone575 785-2232
Hours8am - 5pm. Reservations Required
Entrance Fee$15 per person. Younger than 15 are free. Guided tours for an additional fee
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is the 135th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park are April, February, November & March.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits16,21913,27030,74925,85929,20634,01553,34629,21024,92234,79128,08229,575
Precipitation101111102227293030231314
Avg Temp586370788693929085776557
Max Temp7175828996101999794887871
Avg Temp293237435362666659483629
Min Temp181921303952606046342217
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Carlsbad Caverns National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Guadalupe Mountains, Carlsbad Caverns, Big Bend & The Alamo8987

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

NameDistance
Guadalupe Mountains National Park31 mi
White Sands National Park109 mi
Fort Davis National Historic Site114 mi
Chamizal National Memorial121 mi
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument172 mi
Big Bend National Park214 mi
Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River225 mi
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument234 mi
Pecos National Historical Park244 mi
Petroglyph National Monument244 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Carlsbad Caverns National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Parks RanchWhites City, NM more 5 miles
Dark Canyon DispersedCarlsbad, NM more 10 miles
Dog Canyon - Guadalupe Mountains National ParkPine Springs, TX more 26 miles
The Pecos River Corridor - DispersedLoving, NM more 26 miles
Brantley Lake State ParkCarlsbad, NM more 27 miles
Pine Springs - Guadalupe Mountains National ParkPine Springs, TX more 30 miles
Hackberry Lake OHVCarlsbad, NM more 39 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Carlsbad Caverns National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
None Found.

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Carlsbad Caverns National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
San Antonio International AirportSATSan Antonio, TX398 mi
Austin-Bergstrom International AirportAUSAustin, TX423 mi
Dallas/Fort Worth International AirportDFWDallas-Fort Worth, TX434 mi
Phoenix Sky Harbor International AirportPHXPhoenix, AZ447 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Cavern City Air TerminalCNMCarlsbad, NM15 mi
Roswell Air Center AirportROWRoswell, NM78 mi
El Paso International AirportELPEl Paso, TX116 mi
Midland International AirportMAFMidland, TX132 mi
Lubbock Preston Smith International AirportLBBLubbock, TX183 mi
Albuquerque International SunportABQAlbuquerque, NM234 mi
San Angelo Regional Mathis FieldSJTSan Angelo, TX239 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from NOAA. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.