Carlsbad Canverns back open after shutdown

Posted at: 10/17/2013 2:26 PM
Updated at: 10/17/2013 2:53 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

CARLSBAD, N.M. -- New Mexico's only national park reopened to visitors on Thursday.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park officials say visitors can access all public areas and travel on park roads immediately, as well as use park facilities and other public services. The park had been closed since Tuesday, Oct. 1 because of the lapse in congressional appropriations of funds to operate the national parks.

"We are excited and happy to be back at work. We welcome visitors back to Carlsbad Caverns National Park," Chief Ranger Lila Mohesky-Roybal said in a statement. "This is a great time of year to enjoy all that the caverns have to offer."

For more information about open hours, cave tours, and other activities, call 575-785-2232 or visit