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Maintenance scheduled for elevators at Carlsbad Caverns

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CARLSBAD —Elevator safety maintenance at Carlsbad Caverns National Park will require the secondary elevators be taken out of service Aug. 22-24.

During this time, a large communication cable that travels up and down with the elevator will be replaced. The cable houses dozens of individual wires that provides electrical power, computer control signals, and telephone service to the elevators.
“The safety of our visitors and staff is always our number one priority. Completing this maintenance as soon as possible will ensure the safe operation of our secondary elevators,” said Carlsbad Caverns National Park Superintendent Doug Neighbor.
A complex, multi-million dollar total modernization project of the larger primary elevators has been awarded to Tutor Perini and a pre-work site visit is scheduled for the end of August. The primary elevators are expected to return to service in May 2018.

While elevator service is temporarily suspended later this month, visitors may still access the cavern by hiking in and out of the natural entrance on a self-guided tour. Due to the steep grade, the Natural Entrance is not accessible by wheelchair or walker. In addition to the self-guided route, ranger-guided tours are also offered for an additional fee. Reservations for guided tours can be made at recreation.gov.
For more information on the status of the elevators, park regulations, visitation or park tours, call 575-785-2232 or visit nps.gov/cave. The park’s visitor center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day weekend and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through next spring.