Tour Schedule

 

***ALERT*** - On February 6-10 and 13-17 the elevators at Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be out of service. During those ten days, ALL VISITORS must hike in and out of the cavern.

King's Palace and Left Hand Tunnel ranger-guided tours will take place at their regularly scheduled times, however you must allow for the extra time to hike into the cave to meet your tour. Please arrive at least an hour prior to the scheduled beginning of your tour to allow for the hike-in time.

If you are not able to arrive early, or are physically unable to make the hike, a full refund will be granted, either through the reservation service or at the park on the day of your tour. If you have questions please contact Paul Cox at 575-785-3129.


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 www.recreation.gov.

 

The park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

January and February

Tour

Time

King's Palace ........

10 a.m. Daily

Left Hand Tunnel

12:30 a.m. Daily

March

Tour

Time

King's Palace ..................................................... ...........

Daily - 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. (The 2 p.m. tour is walk-ups only, no reservations)

Left Hand Tunnel

Daily - 10:30 a.m.

Slaughter Canyon Cave

9:30 a.m. Tuesday

Lower Cave

9:30 a.m. Monday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Hall of the White Giant

9:30 a.m. Wednesday

Spider Cave

9:30 a.m. Sunday

 

April and May

Tour

Time

King's Palace ..................................................... ...........

Daily - 10 a.m., 2 p.m. (The 2 p.m. tour is walk-ups only, no reservations)

Left Hand Tunnel

Daily - 10:30 a.m.

Slaughter Canyon Cave

9:30 a.m. Tuesday

Lower Cave

9:30 a.m. Monday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Hall of the White Giant

9:30 a.m. Wednesday

Spider Cave

9:30 a.m. Sunday

 

May 26 - Sept. 3

(Bat Flight Begins on May 26!)

Tour

Time

King's Palace ..................................................... ...........

Daily - 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. (The 3 p.m. tour is walk-ups only, no reservations)

Left Hand Tunnel

Daily - 2 p.m.

Slaughter Canyon Cave

8:30 a.m. Tuesday

Lower Cave

8:30 a.m. Monday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Hall of the White Giant

8:30 a.m. Wednesday

Spider Cave

8:30 a.m. Sunday

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

3225 National Parks Highway
Carlsbad, NM 88220

Phone:

(575) 785-2232

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