Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Lodging and Camping
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Camping & RV Parks
There are no campgrounds within Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Commercial campgrounds are available in Whites City adjoining the park and in the city of Carlsbad, NM, 25 miles northeast.
Camping is by permit only. Free permits may be obtained at the Visitor Center.
There is no dependable water source in the backcountry, therefore, you must carry what you need. A minimum of one gallon per person per day is recommended. The extreme heat of summer and the ice and snow of winter can spoil an otherwise enjoyable backcountry trip if you are not properly prepared. Good hiking shoes and proper clothing are necessary to protect yourself from the elements and the spiny desert plants. Be prepared for rapid and extreme changes in weather. See Things to do.
The permit must be returned to the Visitor Center or to any ranger at the completion of your trip.
Camping is allowed in designated wilderness areas only.
All campsites must be out of sight and sound of established roadways and must be a minimum of 1/4 mile away from any road or trail.
If an area appears to have been used previously as a campsite please relocate to another area to reduce human impact in the backcountry.
Camps must be 300 feet from any natural water source. Do not clear soil or vegetation, or trench around tents.
Camping is not permitted at Slaughter Canyon Cave or the Slaughter Canyon parking lot.
There is no overnight vehicle or RV camping in the park.
Vehicles may be left at trailhead parking areas while hikers are in the backcountry. Driving off established roads is prohibited.
Campfires are not permitted within the park. The use of charcoal, and any wood or plant material for fires is prohibited. Illegal charcoal and wood fires cause unacceptable impacts in the backcountry. Containerized fuel stoves may be used at campsites.
Pets are not permitted on park trails or in the backcountry. Limited kennel facilities are available at the Visitor Center for day hikers. Overnight kennel facilities are available in the town of Carlsbad.
You must pack out of the backcountry all trash, litter and other debris associated with your trip. Do not burn or bury your trash. Human excrement should be buried in shallow holes 4 to 6 inches deep, at least 300 feet away from any trail, camp, or water source.
Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220
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