Elevators return to service in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Repair crews recently completed work on the secondary elevators at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and elevator service will resume at the park Friday, May 20.

New steel reinforcing beams and wall anchors in the secondary elevator hoistway were installed recently by Supplied Industrial Solutions (SIS) of Granite City, IL to resolve safety issues that resulted in the elevators being shut down. All of the steel work has been successfully inspected by a structural engineering firm.

The park has also conducted additional testing to ensure the elevators are safe for passenger use.The elevators were taken out of service for safety concerns late last year.

Additionally, on May 27, the visitor center will change to extended summer hours, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Bat Flight Programs will officially begin close to dusk, nightly.  

Self-guided tours remain available daily into the cavern. Ranger-guided tours are also being offered this summer into King’s Palace, Hall of the White Giant, Slaughter Canyon Cave, Left Hand Tunnel, Lower Cave and Spider Cave. Reservations for guided tours can be made at www.recreation.gov http://www.recreation.gov.

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