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Contact: Vickie Carson, 270.678.9676The Visitor Center at Mammoth Cave National Park will reopen Saturday, January 31, for normal business hours, and will offer Historic Cave Tours several times during the day. The Mammoth Cave Hotel reopened Friday at noon. The only access to the park, however, is from Park City via the Mammoth Cave Parkway.
All other park roads, trails and facilities remain closed until further notice. Ice, snow and fallen trees from the recent winter storm have left roads hazardous or impassible, and telephone service remains unavailable in the park. Park Superintendent Patrick Reed declared the closures in the interest of public safety. The trail design charette scheduled for this weekend has been postponed.
Only Historic Tours will be offered this weekend. Tickets will be sold at the Visitor Center Ticket Office, and must be purchased by cash or check. Although reservations are not available this weekend, cave tour reservations made prior to this weekend will be honored with an available Historic Tour.
Park managers will evaluate the possibility of offering other tours that enter and exit through Mammoth Cave’s Historic Entrance, but other tours such as the Frozen Niagara Tour, New Entrance Tour, Grand Avenue Tour, Snowball Tour, Introduction to Caving, and Wild Cave Tour will be discontinued while park staff work to restore normal operations.
Updated information can be found at the park’s website, https://www.nps.gov/maca.
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