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 to a tight belly crawl in colorful 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 the self-guided routes. Find out which tour is right for you by clicking on the tour name below.

The ranger-guided cave tours require an additional ticket and can be purchased in advance. ALL TOUR TICKETS MUST BE PICKED UP AT THE VISITOR CENTER AT LEAST 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO YOUR TOUR. If you reserve a spot on the Slaughter Canyon Cave or Spider Cave trip you must caravan in your own vehicle to the trailhead after meeting at the visitor center. Participants on guided tours (except King's Palace and Left Hand Tunnel) must bring 3-AA batteries with them. 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. NOTE: Children younger than 4 years are not permitted on any ranger-guided cave tours. Additional age limits differ for each tour.

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

Tours Schedule

(click on the tour name for more information)

April 3–May 25

King's Palace: 10:30 am (Daily)

Left Hand Tunnel: 1 pm (Daily)

Lower Cave: 8:30 am (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

Slaughter Canyon Cave: 8:30 am (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)


May 26–September 3

King's Palace: 9 am, 10:30 am, Noon, and 1:30 pm (Daily)
(A 3 pm tour may be offered each day. No advance reservations needed. Ask at the visitor center information desk.)

King's Palace Photo Tour: 3 pm
(Available on July 13, July 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22, and September 5.)

Left Hand Tunnel: 9:30 am and 1 pm (Daily)

Lower Cave: 8:30 am (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

Slaughter Canyon Cave: 8:30 am (Fridays)


September 4–November 21

King's Palace: 10 am (Daily)

Left Hand Tunnel: 1 pm (Daily)

Lower Cave: 8:30 am (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

Slaughter Canyon Cave: 8:30 am (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)


November 22 (Thanksgiving Day)
Visitor center and cavern closed.


November 23–25

King's Palace: 10 am, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm (Daily)

Left Hand Tunnel: 1 pm (Daily)

Lower Cave: 8:30 am (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

Slaughter Canyon Cave: 8:30 am (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)


November 26–December 21

King's Palace: 10 am (Daily)

Left Hand Tunnel: 1 pm (Daily)

Lower Cave: 8:30 am (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

Slaughter Canyon Cave: 8:30 am (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)


December 22–24

King's Palace: 10 am, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm (Daily)

Left Hand Tunnel: 1 pm (Daily)

Lower Cave: 8:30 am (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

Slaughter Canyon Cave: 8:30 am (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)


December 25 (Christmas Day)
Visitor center and cavern closed.

December 26–31

King's Palace: 10 am, 11:30 am and 1:30 pm (Daily)

Left Hand Tunnel: 1 pm (Daily)

Lower Cave: 8:30 am (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays)

Slaughter Canyon Cave: 8:30 am (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)

 
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Last updated: May 23, 2018

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3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Phone:

(575) 785-2232

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