Carlsbad Caverns National Park Tickets Price

There are two main types of fees to enter Carlsbad Caverns National Park:

  • Entrance Fee: This fee allows you to enter the park and explore the surface features, such as the Walnut Canyon Desert Loop and Rattlesnake Springs.
  • Cave Tour Fee: This fee is required to take a guided tour of one of the park’s caves. The most popular cave tour is the Lower Cave Tour.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park Tickets (Entrance Fee)

  • Adults (16 and older): $15 per person
  • Children (15 and under): Free
  • Pass Holders: Free (America the Beautiful Pass, Golden Age/Senior Pass, Annual Pass, Access Pass, Military Pass, 4th Grade Pass)

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park Tickets (Cave Tour Fee)

  • Adults (16 and older): $20
  • Children (10-15 years old): $10 (Note: Children under 10 are not permitted on the Lower Cave Tour)
  • Senior and Access Pass holders: $10 (Note: You must also purchase an entrance ticket to take a cave tour)

Reservations: Carlsbad Caverns National Park has a timed entry system. This means that you will need to make a reservation in advance to enter the caverns. There is a $1 reservation fee per person. You can make reservations online or by calling (877) 444-6777

Here’s a quick summary table for Carlsbad Caverns National Park tickets price

Fee TypePrice
Entrance Fee (Adults 16+)$15
Entrance Fee (Children 15 & under)Free
Lower Cave Tour (Adults 16+)$20
Lower Cave Tour (Children 10-15)$10
Lower Cave Tour (Senior/Access Pass)$10

2024 Free Entrance Days in the Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Come experience the national parks! All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone (other fees may apply). Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates:

  • Monday, January 15 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Saturday, April 20 — First Day of National Park Week
  • Wednesday, June 19 — Juneteenth
  • Sunday, August 4 — The Great American Outdoors Act
  • Saturday, September 28 — National Public Lands Day
  • Monday, November 11 — Veterans Day

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