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 Lower Cave or Slaughter Canyon 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.

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.


Notice:

For Slaughter Canyon Cave and Spider Cave tours, all visitors are required to decontaminate their footwear before and after tour. Tour leaders will provide the needed supplies.

This extraordinary measure is due to the potential presence of the fungus which causes White-nose Syndrome in New Mexico.
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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)

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)

January 1, 2019 (New Year's Day)
Visitor center and cavern closed.

January 2–March 8, 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)

March 9–March 24, 2019

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

March 25–May 24, 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: November 29, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Phone:

(575) 785-2232

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