• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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Spider Cave Tour

Like the idea of crawling around in a cave? The Spider Cave Tour might be just what you're looking for.
Like the idea of crawling around in a cave? The Spider Cave Tour might be just what you're looking for.
NPS Photo by Peter Jones.
 
Spider Cave is a three-dimensional maze cave—a caver’s paradise. Even veteran cavers will enjoy the adventure of Spider. Participants will hike a half mile down beautiful Garden Grove Canyon to get to the cave, where excessive 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 dirty cave crawls. This trip is not recommended for anyone with a fear of enclosed spaces, heights, or getting a little cave dirt in your ears.

Reservations are required for the Spider Cave tour. To make reservations call 1.877.444.6777 or visit Recreation.gov.

Cost: $20 for adults and $10 for children, Senior and Access Pass holders. Backpacks are NOT allowed on this tour.

Duration: 4 hours

When: 5/23/14 - 12/31/14 Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

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 physically and mentally able to safely negotiate cave passages containing fragile formations without harm to the cave, yourself, or others.

Hiking boots or other sturdy shoes, four (4) AA batteries, and water for the hike. (The park provides hardhats, headlamps, kneepads 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.

**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?

Jim White in Carlsbad Cavern.

Jim White is the cowboy credited with being the premier explorer of Carlsbad Cavern. He began to explore the cave as a teenager in 1898, using a handmade wire ladder to descend 60 feet into the cave. For more than a decade, he couldn't convince many locals that there was much to Carlsbad Cavern.