Carlsbad Caverns - Guadalupe Mountains Association - CCGMA


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Carlsbad Cavern Events Calendar

Artisan in the Park: April 6-9. Join us in celebrating caves as art and inspiration as potter, photographer, and cave explorer Peter Jones throws pots in the Visitor Center lobby and gives talks about his 40+ years as a caver. This is also a fundraising event.  Visit  to learn more or to make a donation  for details.

Bat Flight Program: Nightly from mid-May to mid-October, weather dependent, at the Natural Entrance/Bat Flight Amphitheater.
Call for time.

Viewing of Transit of Venus across Sun, afternoon
June 5th

Blue Moon Hike, after bat flight program, August 31

Night Sky Watching Events: Telescopes, stories, night walks, and other special programs start at dusk, immediately after the Bat Flight Program, and continue until about 10 p.m.
June 16, July 14, August 18, September 15, October 13

55th Annual Bat Flight Breakfast:
July 21, 5:00AM-7:00AM

Come out to the park early and watch the bats fly back into the cave! Park concessioner will open at 5:00 AM to sell breakfast in the visitor center restaurant.

Fee Free Days: On these days in 2012, general entry is free at all National Park sites. At Carlsbad Caverns, this only applies to the Natural Entrance and Big Room self-guided tours. Fees for ranger guided tours still apply.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend January 14-16
National Park Week April 21-29
Get Outdoors Day June 9
National Public Lands Day September 29
Veterans Day Weekend November 10-12

Event details and other special programs may be announced later.

For park hours of operation and a complete list of all tours and programs, visit the park?s website at or call 575-785-2232. For guided tour reservations, or call 877-444-6777.


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