Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Just For Kids

Carlsbad Caverns National Park offers a variety of wonderful opportunities to learn about the natural resources of the park for children. 

Caves are amazing places for curious kids—a question often heard in the cave is "Where does that hole go?" Participating in the self-guided tours of Carlsbad Cavern—there's even an audio guide just for kids—or a ranger-guided tour, attending an evening bat flight program, and becoming a Junior Ranger are great ways to discover what is special about this national park.

If you are at least 12 years old and you think you might like crawling through tight passageways, you might like the Spider Cave tour!

Junior Ranger

The Junior Ranger program teaches children about the parks surface and underground resources. Younger children will color and draw, and find objects in a visual scavenger hunt. Older children will complete word searches, and write stories and poems. The Junior Ranger booklet is available for a nominal fee at the bookstore in the visitor center.


KidsCorner is our summer visitor center program, designed for elementary-aged kids. They'll learn about bats, caves, plants and animals of the desert. Then they'll participate in a fun activity that might include an arts and crafts project or a game.


Each summer, the park hosts two week-long daycamp sessions (known as ParKids) for local school children. The daycamp teaches children about the natural environment and the need to protect its resources, while helping them become better stewards of the land.