New Mexico: Fire shuts Carlsbad Caverns National Park

A brush and grass fire burning in steep, rugged terrain has forced the closure of Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southeastern New Mexico. Park Supt. John Benjamin said he was optimistic that the park would reopen Thursday morning.

Visitors with reservations for ranger-guided tours (Hall of the White Giant, Kings Palace, Left Hand Tunnel, Lower Cave, Slaughter Canyon Cave and Spider Cave) that were scheduled during the closure can request refunds. They should contact, the booking agent, or call the agent at (888) 448-1474, a customer service representative said.


As of Tuesday evening, the so-called Loop Fire had consumed 25,000 acres and was 25% contained. For a time, the fire closed U.S. Highway 62-180 and other local roads. A temporary evacuation order for White’s City, the gateway community to the national park, was issued.

For updates on road status, check the website of the New Mexico Department of Transportation. For fire updates, check the New Mexico Fire Information website.






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