Cave Tours are available for reservation up to 30 days in advance. Do not anticipate getting a tour without a reservation, especially during the summer.Experience Lehman Caves via the free Virtual Cave Tour
Tour BasicsLehman Caves may only be entered with a ranger-led tour. Cave tours are offered daily, year-round, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Park rangers lead all tours and explain the history, ecology, and geology of the caves. In 2023, two tours are offered during the summer: the Lodge Room tour and Grand Palace tour. During the winter, only Lodge Room tours are offered. Cave tours regularly sell out, sometimes weeks in advance. Reservations through Recreation.gov are highly recommended.
Grand Palace Tour
Grand Palace Tours are approximately 90 minutes long. The Grand Palace Tour travels 0.6 miles, and children must be at least 5 years old to join the Grand Palace Tour (except on tours November through February). This tour visits the Gothic Palace, the Music Room, the Lodge Room, Inscription Room, and the Grand Palace sections of Lehman Caves, including a chance to view the famous "Parachute Shield" formation. Tour is limited to 20 visitors. White Nose Syndrome screening is mandatory.
Lodge Room Tour
Lodge Room tours last about 60 minutes and explore about .5 miles of the cave. When Gothic Palace tours are not available, children of any age may join. This tour visits the Gothic Palace, Music Room, and Lodge Room as it winds its way through cave passages. Tours are limited to 20 visitors. White Nose Syndrome screening is mandatory
Gothic Palace Tour (Not offered 2023)
Gothic Palace Tours are about 30 minutes long. This is perfect for families with young children. The tour travels less than .25 miles into the cave to the Gothic Palace. This tour will show off the many cave formations and unique history in this heavily decorated room of the cave. Tour is limited to 20 visitors. White Nose Syndrome screening is mandatory.
Tickets are usually required for cave tours, and may be purchased two ways:
Because cave tour fees are not entrance fees, they are not covered by the Annual Pass. However, Golden Age/Senior Pass and Golden Access cardholders are entitled to a discount. Please note that discounts are for the cardholder only, and will not cover additional family members. You can learn more about park passes and their benefits on the America the Beautiful Interagency Pass page.
Spring Tour Schedule: March 11, 2023 - May 25, 2023
Lodge Room Tour (60 minutes)
Grand Palace Tour (90 minutes)
Summer Tour Schedule: May 26, 2023 - October 13, 2023
Grand Palace Tour (90 minutes, must be over 5 years old)
9:00am | 11:00am | 1:00pm | 2:00pm | 3:00pm
Lodge Room Tour (60 minutes)
8:30am | 10:30am | 12:30pm | 2:30pm
To arrange tours for school groups, please contact the park via email, or call (775) 234-7511. School group tours must contact us at least 30 days in advance.
Brief tours of the first room of the cave, the Gothic Palace , are available for those unable to negotiate the stairs and narrow passageways of the tour route. Participants join the first 30 minutes of a regular tour and are escorted out of the cave by a ranger.
First room tours may not be available on every tour, depending on staffing levels.
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Last updated: May 5, 2023