Road Work, Expect Delays
ODOT will be preparing highway 46 for asphalt patching. Please use caution when traveling between the monument and Grayback Campground. Various work will be from continue until July 31, 2014.
Watch for Wildlife
Please be on the lookout for fawns on the section of Caves Highway around Caves Campground! There is at least one very young one that is using the pavement as his transportation corridor.
General Cave Tours
Be Aware That:
Tours are considered moderately strenuous and children must be over 42 inches (107 cm) in height.
Tours last 90 minutes. Expect at least 15 minutes for the walk back to your car. Wait times can reach up to two hours during the summer season (Memorial Day through Labor Day). The busiest times are between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. Earlier or later arrival is recommended.
Cave Tour Precautions
The cave tour lasts 90 minutes, is considered moderately strenuous, and is not recommended for people with heart, breathing, or walking problems. The half mile (1 km) route includes more than 500 stairs (most of which are steep and uneven) and a total climb of 230 feet (70 m). The lowest passageway you will have to duck under is about 45 inches (about 1 m) tall. Visitors have the option to leave the cave 45 minutes into the tour.
The first room of the cave is accessible to visitors using wheelchairs. Canes or walking devices must have stem diameters greater than one inch. For more information, please visit Accessibility.
Traveling with Children?
Children must be at least 42 inches (107 cm) tall and be able to demonstrate their ability to climb a set of test stairs, unassisted, to go on the full tour of the cave. Children may not be carried through the cave and childcare services are not available. There are a variety of activities that children of all ages can participate in, including Junior Ranger program, multiple hiking trails, and outdoor Ranger-Led programs.
What NOT to Bring for the Tour
Did You Know?
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