• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

Fees & Passes

A ranger speaks with visitors on the Natural Entrance trail.

Visitors walking down the main corridor through the natural entrance trail.

NPS Photo/Peter Jones

All visitors who enter Carlsbad Cavern are required to purchase an entrance ticket, which is good for three days. (Note: "Bat Flight" is a free, non-reservable program).

Adults (16 and older) - $10

Children (15 and under) - Free

When using an America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass,Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass or Volunteer Pass, the pass admits the cardholder plus three adults (where a per person fee is charged).

Fee Free Days 2015

Entrance fees for all self-guided tours of Carlsbad Caverns are FREE on the following dates:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - January 19
  • Presidents Day Weekend - February 14-16
  • National Park's Week Opening Weekend - April 18-19
  • 99th Birthday of National Park Service - August 25
  • National Public Lands Day - September 26
  • Veterans Day - November 11

Ranger-Guided Tour Fees

  • Reservations are required for all ranger guided tours, you may call 1.877.444.6777. or go to Recreation.gov
  • **Children under the age of 4 are not permitted on any ranger-guided tours. Other age limits apply depending on the tour**

King's Palace - $8 for adults, $4 for children, under 4 not permitted. Must also purchase entrance ticket. $4 for Senior and Access Pass holders.

Left Hand Tunnel - $7 for adults, $3.50 for children, under 6 not permitted. Must also purchase entrance ticket. $3.50 for Senior and Access Pass holders.

Slaughter Canyon Cave - $15 for adults, $7.50 for children, under 8 not permitted. $7.50 for Senior and Access Pass holders.

Lower Cave - $20 for adults, $10 for children, under 12 not permitted. Must also purchase entrance ticket. $10 for Senior and Access Pass holders.

Hall of the White Giant - $20 for adults, $10 for children, under 12 not permitted. Must also purchase entrance ticket. $10 for Senior and Access Pass holders.

Spider Cave - $20 for adults, $10 for children, under 12 not permitted. $10 for Senior and Access Pass holders.

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