Allow more time to visit and expect lines for small elevators while large elevator system is renovated. Walking exit is steep.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Lower Cave Tour
In 1924, National Geographic expedition members wrote about the wonders of Lower Cave. Visitors today can see the evidence left behind from these and other explorers. Highlights of this tour include The Rookery, with countless nests of cave pearls, the Colonel Boles Formation, and an incredible diversity of cave formations that compete for your attention almost everywhere you look. A strenuous descent of sixty feet of ladders and a knotted rope at the tour entrance sometimes causes participants to back out. If you have a fear of heights or difficulties with ladders, you may wish to consider visiting Left Hand Tunnel instead.
Reservations are required for the Lower Cave tour. To make reservations call 1.877.444.6777 or visit Recreation.gov.
Duration: 3 hours
When: Monday through Friday at 1 p.m.
Where: Tour departs from the visitor center theater.
Requirements: Ages 12 and over. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants must be physically and mentally able to safely negotiate cave passages containing fragile formations without harm to the cave, yourself, or others.
Good sneakers or hiking boots and four (4) AA batteries.
In an effort to prevent White-Nose Syndrome at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, tour participants will NOT be allowed to enter cave areas with shoes, clothing, and/or equipment until it has been screened and decontaminated.
**If participants are taking more than one adventure tour (Lower Cave, Hall of the White Giant and Spider Cave tours), clothing and gear used on one tour must be cleaned before use on another tour. If clothing or gear is not clean, participation in any tour may not be allowed.**
Did You Know?
The first "official" and very influential book on Jim White's adventures in Carlsbad Cavern was written in 1930 by a newsman who at best would today be called a tabloid journalist.