Dawn of the bats

Bat flight at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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.

5:30 a.m. – The main event begins at the outdoor amphitheater when we will view the bats returning to the cave.

6:30 – 7:30 a.m. – Naure walk to explore the life of bats in the park.

8 a.m. – Noon – Bat themed activities in the visitor center including kid’s programs, talks about bat research being conducted in the park and more!

No reservations necessary. We hope to see you there!


Outdoor Amphitheater

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