• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

Tour Schedule

 

Ranger-Guided Tours
Whether it's walking among beautiful cave formations in the King's Palace or challenging yourself to a tight belly crawl in colorful Spider Cave, taking a ranger-guided cave tour can be a rewarding 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. Tours are listed in order of difficulty, with more strenuous tours at the bottom.

Be aware that some of the 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 - please meet at the visitor center at least 15 minutes before the tour. A general admission ticket ($10 per adult) is required in addition to tour fees for King's Palace, Left Hand Tunnel, Lower Cave, and Hall of the White Giant tours. In addition, participants on guided tours (except King's Palace and Left Hand Tunnel) must bring 3-AA batteries with them. 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.

 
Winter Tour Schedule - January 1, 2015 - February 28, 2015
Tour Time
King's Palace 10:30 a.m. daily (tour length: 1.5 hours)
Left Hand Tunnel 1:30 p.m. Sunday/Wednesday (2 hours)
Slaughter Canyon Cave Postponed until March
Lower Cave 10:30 a.m. Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday (3 hours)
Hall of the White Giant 10:30 a.m. Monday (4 hours)
Spider Cave 10:30 a.m. Friday (4 hours)


Spring Tour Schedule - March 1, 2015 - May 23, 2015
Tour Time
King's Palace 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. daily (tour length: 1.5 hours)
Left Hand Tunnel 1:30 p.m. Sunday/Wednesday (2 hours)
Slaughter Canyon Cave 9:00 a.m. Saturday (5.5 hours)
Lower Cave 10:30 a.m. Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday (3 hours)
Hall of the White Giant 10:30 a.m. Monday (4 hours)
Spider Cave 10:30 a.m. Friday (4 hours)


Summer Tour Schedule - May 24, 2015 - August 9, 2015
Tour Time
King's Palace 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. daily (tour length: 1.5 hours)
1:30 p.m. Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
Left Hand Tunnel 1:30 p.m. Monday/Wednesday/Friday (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)
Hall of the White Giant 8:30 a.m. Monday (4 hours)
Spider Cave 8:30 a.m. Wednesday (4 hours)

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

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