King's Palace Tour

The Queen's Draperies in the Kings Palace area of Carlsbad Cavern.
The Queen’s Draperies in the King's Palace area of Carlsbad Cavern.

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The King's Palace tour, a 1.5-hour ranger-guided tour through four highly decorated chambers will take you into the deepest portion of the cavern open to the public, 830 feet beneath the desert surface. Although not as difficult as the Natural Entrance route, this 1-mile tour does require additional descending, and at the end, walking up a very steep hill. Look forward to viewing a variety of cave formations including helictites, draperies, columns and soda straws. Rangers frequently conduct black-outs during this tour, briefly turning off all artificial lights to reveal the natural darkness of the cave.

Reservations are required for the King's Palace tour. To make reservations call 877-444-6777 or visit

Duration: 1.5 hours

When: See tour schedule charts for tour times throughout the year.

Where: Tour meets at the underground rest/lunch area.

Cost: $8 for adults and $4 for children, Senior and Access Pass holders. Tour participants must also purchase an entrance fee ticket.

Age Limit: Children under 4 years old are not permitted on the King's Palace Tour. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Maximum Group Size: 40

Last updated: March 3, 2018

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