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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is home to unique and irreplaceable cave formations, the Chihuahuan Desert that hosts unique plant and animal species, geological wonders such as the Capitan Reef, and thousands of migratory Mexican free-tailed bats. At Carlsbad Caverns, all are invited to enjoy and explore with minimal physical barriers between us and these fragile treasures. Our goal is to preserve this ancient beauty through careful stewardship.

Carlsbad Caverns Trading Company is dedicated to meeting and exceeding existing environmental standards for the purpose of protecting and preserving Carlsbad Caverns National Park and all other rare resources that we utilize in our operations. Hundreds of thousands of visitors tour the caverns and surrounding desert each year; such great numbers cannot but tax the local ecosystems and affect the caverns. However, with vigilance, the natural and national import of this park will be preserved for countless generations to come.

We plan our daily operations carefully, taking their environmental impact into account. The following are some of our environmental commitments:
  • Our "Cave" operations are monitored daily to protect the delicate cavern ecosystem.
  • We purchase 100% of our electricity from renewable sources, and we work aggressively to reduce our usage.
  • We reduce our pollution by carpooling, sourcing products locally, and funding projects that reverse all carbon dioxide caused by our transportation and operations. We have a zero carbon dioxide footprint.
  • Whenever possible, we utilize the most environmentally friendly products available. This includes cleaning and packing products that are biodegradable or can be safely disposed of and service and paper products with high post consumer content.
  • We reuse or recycle boxes and packing material to the greatest extent possible.
  • We have instituted strict water preservation procedures.
  • We seek optimally efficient operation of the gift shop and restaurant facilities to minimize environmental impacts where technically and economically feasible, even if not required by law or regulation.
We ask that you do your part in preserving the ecosystem of the Park by leaving natural formations untouched; taking only water on the cavern trails; recycling paper, plastic and aluminum in marked bins; and depositing your trash in receptacles. Take care to preserve all that has been left here before you for all of those who come after you.

THINK GREEN!