Lower Cave Tour

The Texas Tooktpick is one of many formations you'll see on the Lower Cave Tour in Carlsbad Cavern.

The Texas Toothpick is one of many formations you'll see on the Lower Cave Tour in Carlsbad Cavern.

NPS Photo by Peter Jones.

In 1924, National Geographic expedition members wrote about the wonders of Lower Cave. Visitors today can see the evidence left behind from those 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 everywhere you look. Included in the tour is a descent of sixty feet of ladders and a knotted rope to hang onto as you slowly walk backward down a slope at the tour entrance.

Reservations are required for the Lower Cave tour. To make reservations call 877.444.6777 or visit www.Recreation.gov.

Cost: $20 for adults and $10 for children, Senior and Access Pass holders. Tour participants must also purchase an entrance fee ticket.

Duration: 3 hours

When: Check tour schedule chart for tour times throughout the year.

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 able to safely negotiate cave passages containing fragile formations without harm to the cave, themselves, or others.

Please bring good sneakers or hiking boots and three (3) AA batteries. The park will provide helmets with lamps and gloves.

In an effort to prevent White-Nose Syndrome at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, tour participants will NOT be allowed to enter cave areas until their shoes, clothing, and/or equipment has been screened and cleaned, if necessary.

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