Published: 1:58 pm, Thu. Dec. 29th, 2016Updated: 1:58 pm
Elevators that take visitors at Carlsbad Caverns National Park down to the caves are still out of service, just one of many projects caught in the backlog of the National Park Service’s nearly $12 billion backlog of maintenance needs.
The Albuquerque Journal reports Carlsbad Caverns alone estimates its backlog tops $44 million, half of which is needed to repair two passenger elevators and two smaller freight elevators that were built in the 1950s and 1930s.
Officials estimate the elevator outage has depressed visits by about 11 percent since they went out in fall 2015. In all, the National Park Service has a backlog of nearly $12 billion worth of maintenance works. In New Mexico alone, parks need more than $202 million worth of work.