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    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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    We are undergoing a year-long lighting project in the cavern. Please be aware of caution tape along pathways inside the cave and use due care.

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: 1:30 p.m. daily.

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.

Did You Know?

Evening bat flight at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Nearly 400,000 Brazilian (more commonly called Mexican) Free-tailed bats call Carlsbad Cavern home in the summer... and all they want to do each night is eat bugs... several tons of them!