Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in the southeastern corner of New Mexico, USA. The park entrance is located on US Highway 62/180, approximately 18 miles (29 km) southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico.
There are several ways to get to Carlsbad Caverns National Park. If you’re driving (and personally I like this as the best way to get to the caves), you can take US Highway 62/180 from Carlsbad, New Mexico. The park entrance is well marked and easy to find. The park has two entries – The Caverns Historic District and the Rattlesnake Springs Historic District.
If you’re flying, the closest airport is the Cavern City Air Terminal in Carlsbad, New Mexico. From there, you can rent a car and drive to the park. Alternatively, you can fly into a larger airport such as El Paso International Airport in Texas or Albuquerque International Sunport in New Mexico and then rent a car and drive to the park.
Once you arrive at the park, there are several options for exploring the caverns. Visitors can hike in on their own via the natural entrance or take an elevator from the visitor center. The self-guided tour of Carlsbad Caverns by Action Tour Guide is a great way to have a more in-depth experience.
The best time to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park is during the spring and fall months, specifically between April and May or September and October. During these periods, temperatures are more moderate, making it comfortable to explore the caves and the surrounding area.
With its stunning geological formations, diverse wildlife, and breathtaking beauty, it’s an adventure you won’t soon forget. So why wait? Plan your visit to Carlsbad Caverns National Park today!