Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
USA locator map
Location New Mexico, USA
Nearest city Carlsbad, NM
Area[1] 46,766 acres (189.3 km²)
46,427 acres (187.9km²) federal
Established October 25, 1923 (Monument)
May 14, 1930 (Park)
Visitors[2] 409,560 (in 2007)
Governing body U.S. National Park Service
Entrance fee $6/person for 3 days
Website NPS - Carlsbad Caverns

Historic natural entrance to Carlsbad Caverns.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is located in Southeastern New Mexico. As you pass through the Chihuahuan Desert and Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico and west Texas—filled with prickly pear, chollas, sotols and agaves—you might never guess there are more than 300 known caves beneath the surface. The park contains 113 of these caves, formed when sulfuric acid dissolved the surrounding limestone, creating some of the largest caves in North America.

Map of Carlsbad Caverns.

See also


  1. NPS Listing of Acreage 9/30/2008
  2. NPS Reports -> Ranking Report -> 2007

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