Left Hand Tunnel Tour
On this lantern-lit tour, your guide will highlight Carlsbad Cavern history, formations, cave pools and Permian-age fossils. This is the easiest of the adventure tours on unpaved trails. Be aware that the dirt trail winds over uneven or slippery slopes and careful footing is required to avoid cavern pools and fragile formations. Lanterns are provided.
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: Daily at 9 a.m.
Where: Tour departs from the visitor center theater.
Requirements: Good walking shoes. Ages 6 and over. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Did You Know?
The limestone rock that holds Carlsbad Cavern is full of ocean fossil plants and animals from a time before the dinosaurs when the southeastern corner of New Mexico was a coastline similar to the Florida Keys.