Have you ever wondered how Carlsbad Caverns is kept clean of lint, dust and other debris? With hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, the cavern collects more than its share of particles left behind and somehow all that “lint” has to be removed.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park invites visitors to participate in cave lint cleaning on November 8, 9 and 10 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you are a cave supporter, 15-years and older, you may sign up for lint cleaning followed by a special ranger-guided tour to Lower Cave in the afternoon. Participants will learn the history of lint-cleaning in the park and will receive instruction in accepted cleaning techniques and use of tools before the work begins.
As part of the 30-year lint cleaning history (and over 500 lbs. of lint collected!), a volunteer lint cleaning camp was held every year in the park. The leader of the camp, volunteer, Pat Jablonsky retired a couple of years ago, but the lint cleaning tradition continues. This year’s lint cleaning project is the public’s chance to participate in caring for this national treasure in a fun and unique way.
If you would like to be part of this event, call Ellen Trautner at 575-785-3107 to reserve your spot. It’s free and no experience necessary, just bring your eagerness to help!
The visitor center’s winter hours are 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. For more information about Centennial events, park regulations, visitation or park tours, call 575-785-2232 or visit www.nps.gov/cave.