Tour Schedule


Ranger-Guided Tours

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 1-877-444-6777 or by visiting


Ranger-Guided Tour Schedule

(click on the tour name for more information)

Through March 10, 2018
King's Palace: 10 am (Daily)

Left Hand Tunnel: 1 pm (Daily)

March 11 - April 2, 2018

King's Palace: 9 am, 10:30 am, and Noon (Daily)

Left Hand Tunnel: 1 pm (Daily)

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

Slaughter Canyon Cave: 8:30 am (Fridays)

April 3 - May 25, 2018

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

Left Hand Tunnel: 1 pm (Daily)

May 26 - September 3, 2018
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 (Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays)

Slaughter Canyon Cave: 8:30 am (Fridays)

Last updated: December 5, 2017

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3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220


(575) 785-2232

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