Left Hand Tunnel Tour

Photo of visitors on Left Hand Tunnel Tour
Visitors on the lantern-lit Left Hand Tunnel Tour.

NPS / Eymard Bangcoro

Moderately difficult, this is a historic candle-lit lantern tour through an undeveloped section of the cave on unpaved trails. The dirt trail winds over uneven surfaces with some steep slippery slopes. Careful footing is required to navigate on steep slippery slopes, around cavern pools and fragile formations. Not recommended for anyone who has difficulty seeing in dim light. Lanterns are provided.

Reservations are required for the Left Hand Tunnel Tour. To make reservations call 877-444-6777 or visit Recreation.gov.

2 hours

See tour schedule chart for tours throughout the year.

Tour departs from the visitor center theater. You will receive an orientation before you venture into the cave.

$7 for adults and $3.50 for children, Senior and Access Pass holders. Tour participants must also purchase an entrance fee ticket.

Age Limit:
Minimum age is 6 years old. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


  • Closed-toed shoes with tread or hiking boots are required. No sandals, flip flops, or similar permitted. Click for more details.
  • Only very small fanny packs or very small camera bags are permitted on the tour.

Maximum Group Size:

Last updated: October 12, 2018

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