Ranger-Guided Tours

Photo of ranger and visitors on a King's Palace Tour.
Visitors enjoy the Queen's Chamber on the ranger-guided King's Palace Tour.

NPS / Eymard Bangcoro

Whether it's walking among beautiful cave formations in King's Palace or challenging yourself in Hall of the White Giant or Spider Cave, taking a ranger-guided cave tour can be an exciting experience. Carlsbad Caverns National Park offers numerous ranger-guided cave tours into areas other than exploring on your own along the Big Room and Natural Entrance trails. Find out which tour is right for you by clicking on the tour name below.

Availability on all ranger-guided tours is limited. It's recommended that you plan ahead and reserve early. Make tour reservations by calling 877-444-6777 or visiting www.recreation.gov.

All tour tickets must be picked up at the visitor center at least 30 minutes prior to the tour. A cavern entrance ticket must also be purchased.

If you make a reservation for the Slaughter Canyon Cave or Spider Cave tour, you must caravan in your own vehicle to the trailhead after meeting at the visitor center.

  • For Lower Cave, Hall of the White Giant, Spider Cave, and Slaughter Canyon Cave tours, hiking boots or hiking shoes with good aggressive tread are required. Hiking boots with ankle support are recommended. No sandals, flip flops, tennis shoes, or similar. You will not be allowed to participate in the tour if you are not wearing proper footwear—no exceptions. Click for more details.

  • For Left Hand Tunnel Tours, closed-toed shoes, hiking boots, or hiking shoes with good tread are required. Click for more details.

  • For Slaughter Canyon and Spider Cave tours: In an effort to keep the fungus that causes deadly White-nose Syndrome in bats out of these caves, all participants are required to wear freshly laundered (clean) clothing on the tour. Even if the clothing has only been worn on another tour at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the clothes must be freshly laundered. There will be no exceptions. Participants must also decontaminate their footwear before the tour. Tour leaders will provide the needed supplies.

Gloves, knee and elbow pads will be provided if crawling is required on a tour. We provide required equipment to minimize the risk of transferring White-nose Syndrome from another cave.

Children younger than 4 years are not permitted on any ranger-guided cave tours. Additional age limits differ for each tour.

Tour Schedule

(click on the tour name for more information)

May 25–September 2, 2019

King's Palace: 9 am, 10:30 am, Noon, and 1:30 pm (Daily)
Left Hand Tunnel: 9:30 am and 1 pm (Daily)
Lower Cave: 8:30 am (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays)
Hall of the White Giant: 8:30 am (Mondays)
Spider Cave: 8:30 am (Wednesdays)
Slaughter Canyon Cave: 8:30 am (Fridays)

September 3, 2019–November 22, 2019

King's Palace: 10 am (Daily)
Left Hand Tunnel: 1 pm (Daily)
Lower Cave: 8:30 am (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays)
Hall of the White Giant: 8:30 am (Mondays)
Spider Cave: 8:30 am (Wednesdays)
Slaughter Canyon Cave: 8:30 am (Fridays)

Last updated: May 24, 2019

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