One special morning each year, curious visitors join park rangers at the entrance of Carlsbad Cavern to witness the homecoming of hundreds of thousands of Brazilian free-tailed bats. Between April and October these bats call Carlsbad Caverns National Park home. Each sunset, hundreds of people witness their mass exodus from the cave in search of food and water, but far fewer people are present as these creatures of the night return at sunrise with their bellies full. Join us Saturday, July 15, 2017 for the Dawn of the Bats , a FREE special event celebrating the bats as they arrive home in small groups and dive back into the safety of the cave. The main event begins at 5:30 a.m. and will continue throughout the day with activities, programs, and much more. No reservations necessary. A full schedule of events will be posted soon and you may follow Carlsbad Caverns National Park on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information.
Dawn of the Bats 2017
- 727 Caverns Highway
- Carlsbad, NM 88220
- At the park, in the outdoor amphitheater