Spider Cave Tour

Photo of caver crawling through tight tunnel in Spider Cave.
Like the idea of crawling around in a cave? The Spider Cave Tour might be just what you're looking for.

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Spider Cave is a three-dimensional maze cave—a caver’s paradise. Experienced and beginner cavers will enjoy this adventure! Participants will hike a half-mile down beautiful Garden Grove Canyon to get to the cave, where lots of crawling and climbing will ensue. Highlights of this tour include the Mace Room, Medusa Room, and Cactus Spring, as well as a stunning variety of cave formations and getting dirty in a cave crawl. This trip is not recommended for anyone with a fear of heights or enclosed spaces.

Reservations are required for the Spider Cave tour. To make reservations call 877-444-6777 or visit Recreation.gov.

Cost: $20 for adults and $10 for children, Senior and Access Pass holders.

Duration: 4 hours

When: Check tour schedule chart for tour times throughout the year.

Where: Tour departs from the visitor center theater. Participants will drive a short distance to the trailhead for the 1/3 mile hike to the cave entrance.

Age Limit: Minimum age is 12 years old. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Maximum Group Size: 8

Requirements: Participants must be able to safely negotiate cave passages containing fragile formations without harm to the cave, themselves or others. Closed-toed shoes or hiking boots required. For safety, sandals, flip flops, or similar shoes are not permitted. Please bring three (3) AA batteries and water. The park provides helmets with lamps, knee and elbow pads and gloves. Backpacks are allowed on the hike to and from the cave, but not on the cave tour.

Last updated: March 4, 2018

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3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220


(575) 785-2232

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