Cave Tours are available for reservation up to 30 days in advance.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. Currently the Parashute Shield Tour explores the back of hte cave. This summer two different guided tours of Lehman Caves are offered -- the Gothic Palace Tour (new) and the Grand Palace Tour is coming back summer 2022. Cave tours regularly sell out. Reservations through Recreation.gov are recommended.
Parachute Shield Tour
Parachute Shield Tours are approximately 60 minutes long. The Parachute Shield Tour travels 0.5 miles through mostly large rooms with steep ramps and smaller passages that connect them. This tour visits the Lodge Room, Inscription Room, and the Grand palace. Tour is limited to 16 visitors. White Nose Syndrome screening is mandatory.
Grand Palace Tour (Coming back summer 2022)
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.
Gothic Palace Tour (NEW for summer 2022!)
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 stalactites, stalagmites, popcorn and columns in this heavily decorated room of the cave. Tour is limited to 20 visitors. White Nose Syndrome screening is mandatory.
Tickets are 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.
Winter Tour Schedule: November 6, 2021 through March 10, 2022
Parachute Shield Tour (60 minutes)
9:00am weekends only | 1:00pm each day
Spring Tour Schedule: March 11, 2022 - May 26, 2022
Parachute Shield Tour (60 minutes)
9:00am | 10:30am | 1:30pm | 3:00pm
Summer Tour Schedule: May 27, 2022 - September 5, 2022
Grand Palace Tour (90 minutes, must be over 5 years old)
8:30am | 12:00pm | 12:30pm |1:30pm
Gothic Palace Tour (30 minutes)
9:30am | 10:30am | 2:30pm | 3:30pm | 4:30pm
Fall Tour Schedule: September 6, 2022 - October 31, 2022
Times to be determined
To arrange tours for school groups, please contact the park via email, or call (775) 234-7511. Bus tours must call at least two weeks in advance.
Brief tours of the first room of the cave, the Gothic Palace (Lodge Room during 2021), 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: April 12, 2022