There is no lodging available within Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Camping is allowed in the backcountry only, and requires a free permit which is issued at the park’s visitor center when you arrive (not reservable in advance).
Seven miles from the visitor center there is a small town of White’s City that has a campground and ammenities. The town of Carlsbad, New Mexico also has numerous lodging and campground options. Carlsbad is located 20 miles north-east of the park, on highway 62/180. For a list of businesses, please contact the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce at (575) 887-6516 or visit www.carlsbadchamber.com.
The park is surrounded by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land and they allow permit-free camping. Check with BLM for regulations.
You may also consider camping at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, our “sister park” that is about 40 minutes away across the border of Texas.