Maintenance scheduled for elevators at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

El Paso News

Scheduled elevator safety maintenance at Carlsbad Caverns National Park will require the elevators be taken out of service on September 12 and 13. 

Brake linings will be replaced and reinstalled over the two-day period. The elevators are expected to be available for passenger use on September 14.

Other required scheduled maintenance will involve elevator hoist rope replacement. While the exact date has not been set, the elevators will also be out of service for maintenance again in mid-October for 5 to 7 days. 

During that time, there will be no elevator service into or out of the Cavern. The exact dates of that maintenance have yet to be determined and will be announced as soon as possible.

While elevator service is temporarily suspended, visitors may still access the Cavern by hiking in and out of the Natural Entrance on a self-guided tour. In addition, ranger-guided tours are also offered.

Reservations for guided tours can be made at www.recreation.gov. For more information on park regulations, visitation or park tours, call 575-785-2232 or visit www.nps.gov/cave.

The visitor center is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Bat Flight Program is currently being offered nightly at 6:45 p.m. Please call 575-785-3012 for updates on Bat Flight program times.  

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