To prevent the spread of white-nose syndrome, a fungal disease that has killed over 5 million bats since 2005, screening is required before entering any cave on National Park Service lands. Screening and cave permits may be obtained at the Monument entrance station, at the Visitor Center or on Ranger guided walks. Permits are valid for the five developed caves: Indian Tunnel, Dew Drop, Boy Scout, Beauty, and Buffalo Caves. All other caves are closed to recreational caving.
Be prepared to answer the following questions:
-Have you visited a cave or mine since 2005?
-Do you have any items with you that entered into the caves or mines you previously visited? (e.g., clothing, shoes, flashlights, cameras, watches, phones, etc.)
If the answer to both questions is yes, please bring gear with you which has not been exposed to other caves or mines. Cave permits will not be issued for persons using potentially contaminated gear.
Detailed decontamination procedures have been developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.