Experience a Spectacular Cave Not Accessible to the General Public!
Explore 21 fully illuminated 360 degree panoramic views of Lechuguilla Cave: access is limited to approved scientific researchers, survey and exploration teams, and NPS management-related trips. See 3D cave maps, interpretive text, zoom links, glossary items, and bonus features.
Interactive 3D Model Renderings of Passageways!
Use an interactive map model to understand the passageways of this, the 5th longest cave in the world (3rd longest in the United States) and the deepest limestone cave in the country.
Pan and zoom to explore each panorama! Travel through the park and surrounding areas using the interactive maps and images on this Virtual Tour! Plays on your computer. Mac and PC compatible.
About Lechuguilla Cave:
Once thought to be a small cave, explorations into
Lechuguilla in the 1980s have led to the discovery of a vast
cavern system with extremely unique formations. Lechuguilla
Cave is now considered to be much more extensive than its
sister, Carlsbad Cavern, in size, depth, and variety of speleothems.
Since 1986, explorers have mapped 100+ miles of passages and
have explored the depth of the cave to 1,604 feet, ranking
Lechuguilla as the 6th longest cave in the world (4th longest
in the United States) and the deepest limestone cave in the
About Carlsbad Caverns National Park:
Carlsbad Caverns National Park was established to
preserve Carlsbad Cavern and numerous other caves within the
Guadalupe Mountains — a Permian-age fossil reef. The
park contains more than 100 known caves, including the famous
Lechuguilla Cave. Carlsbad Cavern, with one of the world's
largest underground chambers and countless formations, is
accessible via walking tours year-round. Established first
as a National Monument on October 25, 1923, the park was designated
a National Park on May 14, 1930. Carlsbad Caverns National
Park became a World Heritage Site on December 6, 1995.
About Carlsbad Caverns Guadalupe Mountains Association:
The Carlsbad Caverns Guadalupe Mountains Association is a
private, nonprofit organization whose main objectives are
to provide interpretation for park visitors, and to support
the mission of the National Park Service at Carlsbad Caverns,
Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and the lands related to
them in New Mexico and West Texas since 1957.
To learn more, visit the website at: http://www.ccgma.org/
About the Cave Resource Foundation:
The Cave Resource Foundation is an American, private, nonprofit
group dedicated to the exploration, research, and conservation
of caves. Its stated goals are: to promote exploration and
documentation of caves and karst areas, initiate and support
cave and carst research, aid in cave conservation and protection,
and to assist with the interpretation of caves and karst to
To learn more, visit the website at:
Special Thanks to:
This program was developed with the assistance of the National
Park Service, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and the Carlsbad
Caverns Guadalupe Mountains Association.
This project could not have been completed without the help
of the talented photographers in the Cave Resource Office,
specifically: Stan Allison, Gosia Allison-Kosior, Paul Burger,
Pat Cicero, Ted Firkins, Jennifer Foote, Marjorie Head, Tom
Kaler, Shannan Marcak, Kelly Mathis, Aaron Stockton, and Dave
Thomas. In addition, thanks to T.K. Kajiki, Carolyn Richard,
Dale Pate, and all the rangers at Carlsbad Caverns National
Additional Photos Provided by:
National Park Service