Tour Schedule

 

Ranger-Guided Tours
Whether it's walking among beautiful cave formations in King's Palace or challenging yourself to a tight belly crawl in colorful Spider Cave, taking a ranger-guided cave tour can be an exciting experience. Carlsbad Caverns National Park offers numerous ranger-guided cave tours into areas other than the self-guided routes. Find out which tour is right for you by clicking on the tour name below.

The ranger-guided cave tours require an additional ticket and can be purchased in advance. If you reserve a spot on the Slaughter Canyon Cave or Spider Cave trip you must caravan in your own vehicle to the trailhead after meeting at the visitor center at least 15 minutes before the tour. Participants on guided tours (except King's Palace and Left Hand Tunnel) must bring 3-AA batteries with them. Gloves, knee and elbow pads will be provided if crawling is required on a tour. We provide required equipment to minimize the risk of transferring White Nose Syndrome from another cave. NOTE: Children younger than 4 years are not permitted on any ranger-guided cave tours. Additional age limits differ for each tour.

Availability on all ranger-guided tours is limited so plan ahead and reserve early. Make tour reservations by calling 1.877.444.6777 or by visiting www.recreation.gov. You must pick up your tickets in the visitor center at least 10 minutes before your tour is scheduled to begin.

 
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Days.

Fall Tour Schedule - Through Dec. 31, 2015

Tour

Time

King's Palace

Daily 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. (tour length: 1.5 hours)

Left Hand Tunnel

Daily 1:30 p.m. (2 hours)

Slaughter Canyon Cave

8:30 a.m. Friday (5.5 hours)

Lower Cave

8:30 a.m. Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday (3 hours)

Additional Days for holidays:

8:30 a.m. - November 6, 11, 13, 20, 27

8:30 a.m. - December 4, 11, 18

Hall of the White Giant

8:30 a.m. Monday (4 hours)

Spider Cave

8:30 a.m. Wednesday (4 hours)

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Winter Tour Schedule - January and February 2016

Tour

Time

King's Palace

10:30 a.m. daily (tour length: 1.5 hours)

Left Hand Tunnel

More information coming soon

Slaughter Canyon Cave

More information coming soon

Lower Cave

More information coming soon

Hall of the White Giant

More information coming soon

Spider Cave

More information coming soon

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