Rock of Ages 2018

A park ranger portrays a former superintendent standing by the Rock of Ages column
Park ranger portraying former Superintendent Boles during Rock of Ages 2017

NPS / Dan Leifheit

For six nights in late November and December, Carlsbad Caverns National Park will offer visitors an opportunity to experience the wonders of Carlsbad Cavern and its colorful history in special guided tours. Dressed in historic costumes, park staff will guide visitors on a lantern-lit tour of the front half of the Big Room. This annual tradition, brought back in 2000, gives visitors the chance to “meet” some of the men and women who helped weave the fabric of this spectacular national park. The tour will feature a re-creation of the historic Rock of Ages Ceremony, which was regularly conducted in the Big Room from 1928 to 1944. During this portion of the tour, visitors will experience a “black out,” being immersed in total darkness, as mysterious voices fill the cavern, singing the hymn “The Rock of Ages.”

Dates: November 30, December 1, 7, 8, 14, and 15
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Fees: $10 for adults - $5 for children under 16 (children under 5 are not permitted)

Reservations are required as each tour is limited to 25 people. Tickets go on sale November 18 and may be purchased by phone at (575) 236-1375 or in person at the park’s visitor center ticket desk, open daily (except Thanksgiving Day) 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM.

Last updated: October 5, 2018

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