Spider Cave Tour
NPS Photo by Peter Jones.
Spider Cave is a three-dimensional maze cave—a caver’s paradise. Experienced and beginner cavers will enjoy this adventure! Participants will hike a half-mile down beautiful Garden Grove Canyon to get to the cave, where lots of crawling and climbing will ensue. Highlights of this tour include the Mace Room, Medusa Room, and Cactus Spring, as well as a stunning variety of cave formations and getting dirty in a cave crawl. This trip is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or enclosed spaces.
Reservations are required for the Spider Cave tour. To make reservations call 877.444.6777 or visit Recreation.gov.
Duration: 4 hours
When: Check tour schedule chart for tour times throughout the year.
Where: Tour departs from the visitor center theater. Participants will drive a short distance to the trailhead for the 1/3 mile hike to the cave entrance.
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.
You must wear hiking boots or other sturdy shoes. Please bring three (3) AA batteries and water. (The park provides helmets with lamps, knee and elbow pads and gloves) Backpacks are allowed on the hike to and from the cave, but not on the cave tour.
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 they have been screened and decontaminated.