Inside the Park
There are two concessionaire-operated restaurants at the park (tel. 575/785-2281), whose hours coincide with visitor center and cave hours. A buffet restaurant at the visitor center serves three meals daily. It offers standard breakfasts and a variety of sandwiches, burgers, and salads for lunch and dinner. Most prices are in the $6-to-$12 range. The Underground Rest Area, inside the cavern 750 feet belowground, has a snack bar that offers a limited menu of fast food items, including sandwiches, in the $4-to-$8 range.
Picnic & Camping Supplies
You'll find a good variety of stores in the city of Carlsbad, including an Albertson's grocery store, 808 N. Canal St., at West Church Street (tel. 575/885-2161; www.albertsonsmarket.com), that has a well-stocked deli and bakery.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.