• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

Left Hand Tunnel Tour

See the cave with lantern light in Left Hand Tunnel
The Left Hand Tunnel Tour in Carlsbad Cavern is a lantern tour.
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Left Hand Tunnel

Moderately strenuous. This is a historic candle-lit lantern tour through an undeveloped section of the cave on unpaved trails. The dirt trail winds over uneven surfaces with some steep slippery slopes. Careful footing is required to navigate on steep slippery slopes, around cavern pools and fragile formations. Not recommended for anyone who has difficulty seeing in dim-lit or candle-lit conditions. Lanterns are provided. Sturdy closed-toed shoes or hiking boots required. No backpacks.

Reservations are required for the Left Hand Tunnel tour. To make reservations call 1.877.444.6777 or visit Recreation.gov.

Duration: 2 hours

When: See tour schedule chart for tours throughout the year.

Where: Tour departs from the visitor center theater.

Cost: $7 for adults and $3.50 for children, Senior and Access Pass holders. Tour participants must also purchase an entrance fee ticket. Backpacks are NOT allowed on this tour.

Requirements: Good walking shoes. Ages 6 and over. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

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