February 6, 2015
Contact: Vickie Carson
MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky., February 6, 2015 – Mammoth Cave National Park will offer free Mammoth Passage cave tours on Presidents' Day Weekend, February 14-16, 2015. The Mammoth Passage tour is an apt description for the route – the tour shows the huge cave passageways for which Mammoth Cave was named.
The free Mammoth Passage Tours will depart from the Visitor Center at the following times: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:30, and 3:00. Participants must pick up a free ticket in the visitor center before going on the tour. The ¾-mile, 1¼ hours Mammoth Passage tour is limited to 40 people, and requires a walk down and up the steep hill below the visitor center, as well as 160 steps.
Note: tour requirements regarding white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats: While there are no known harmful effects to humans, WNS is responsible for the death of millions of hibernating bats across the eastern United States since its discovery in 2006. WNS was found in Mammoth Cave in winter 2012-13. To minimize the spread of WNS fungus, all participants on cave tours must walk across bio-security mats to clean footwear immediately following the conclusion of their tour.