Main Elevators Remain Offline at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Inside the Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Inside the Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Photo by Wing-Chi Poon/Wikipedia

The project to rehabilitate the main elevators at Carlsbad Caverns National Park is still ongoing.

Originally supposed to take only nine months, the project is still uncompleted more than two years later. These delays mean that visitors are continuing to wait up to 90 minutes to catch a ride on the two remaining smaller secondary elevators.

Plagued by problems, the project ran into major delays due to multiple issues with the special galvanized coating used to protect the beams. It is now struggling with the alignment of the rails.

The ride is ok, but the fact the rail is out of alignment means our equipment will wear out much faster. It will be a maintenance problem in the future. We need to get those problems solved to the greatest extent possible. John Benjamin, Carlsbad Caverns National Park Superintendent

While the primary elevators remain out of service, visitors should expect long lines to take an elevator and plan for more time.

As for when the primary elevators are expected to return to service:

Anything I say will be a wild guess. I really don’t know how long these problems will take to get resolved. I think I’m being very optimistic if I say six months. John Benjamin, Carlsbad Caverns National Park Superintendent

Still Stalled: Elevators at Carlsbad Caverns plagued by project delays [Carlsbad Current-Argus]

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