Carlsbad Caverns under state 1 fire restriction

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is under a Stage I Fire Restriction due to
high temperatures, low relative humidity, and extremely dry vegetation, according to park officials.

Stage I fire restrictions include:

  • No open flames, campfires, charcoal, gas or wood barbecues allowed in the park (to include Rattlesnake Springs Picnic Area).
  • ┬áSmoking is allowed only within an enclosed vehicle or building. Cigarette butts must be disposed of in your vehicle ashtray or in receptacles only.
  • Do not park vehicles on dry grass or vegetation that could ignite.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Fires can start easily and spread quickly. Please report any fires or smoke to 911 or park staff immediately.

The park remains open under regular summer hours (visitor center 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.). For more information about Carlsbad Caverns hours, cave tours and other activities, call 575-785-2232 or visit

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