We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Carlsbad Caverns elevators

Seattle, Washington
4 posts
Save Topic
Carlsbad Caverns elevators

It seems that the elevators at Carlsbad Caverns are not working. How strenuous is the walk back up? Is there any estimates as to when the elevators will be working again? We’re scheduled to arrive in 4 days.

1 reply
Ontario, Canada
Level Contributor
826 posts
30 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Carlsbad Caverns elevators

Well, it's 1 1/4 miles and 800 feet elevation change. There are many switchbacks. That's about the equivalent of walking up 80 flights of stairs. I'd say that's strenuous. It will probably take an hour or better to hike back up. Make sure you wear well fitting footwear with a good tread.

Work is ongoing right now on repairing the primary elevators, and they're scheduled to be back up and running by end May. There hasn't been an announcement as to the repair of the current break-down of the secondary elevators, but it wouldn't surprise me to hear that they will remain out of service until the currently ongoing repair is completed.

From the park's website:

"The secondary elevators that are currently not operational are part of two separate elevator systems (in two separate elevator shafts) at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The primary elevator system was originally installed in 1955 and went out of service in November 2015 when a six-inch motor shaft unexpectedly sheared off. Work to repair and modernize the primary elevators began in December 2017, and is on schedule to be completed by the end of May 2018. The secondary elevators have been providing all park elevator service while the primary elevators are being rebuilt."

Hope that helps.

Reply to: Carlsbad Caverns elevators
Get notified by e-mail when a reply is posted