Tickets are required to enter Mammoth Cave. Reservations are not required, but are strongly recommended. Cave tours frequently sell out and reservations are the only way to ensure a spot is available for your party. Please plan accordingly.
Tour route availability and times change depending on the season. Before arriving at the park or trying to reserve tickets for a tour, please review the tour schedule for the dates of your trip. Read more about tour descriptions at the bottom of this page.
Know Before You Go
Things To Leave Behind
To ensure the safety of all visitors and the continued protection of Mammoth Cave the following items are not permitted on cave tours:
Mammoth Cave is for Everyone
During the spring and fall seasons the park is a very popular destination for school trips and other parties. As a result, your tour may include other group(s) of various ages.
You may wish to bring a light jacket during your tour. Cave temperatures can vary widely near entrances (especially in winter), deep cave temperature is 54ºF (12ºC) while surface temperatures in the summer can exceed 90ºF (32ºC).
Cave Tour Accessibility
Visitors with limited mobility may find some cave tours too strenuous. Please review cave tour descriptions and consider your limitations when choosing which tour to participate on.
When traveling to the park for a cave tour, plan for adequate travel time to the visitor center to arrive around 30 minutes before the start of your scheduled tour. This will allow for time to find parking, pick up your physical paper tour tickets and time to use the restroom.
Descriptions of Currently Offered Cave Tours
Walk a hillside trail down to Mammoth Cave's most famous entrance as you follow the path used during nearly two centuries of touring. Experience the gently lit ambiance of a large trunk passage in the world's longest cave. Discover how Mammoth Cave has intrigued countless visitors since the first human entered its darkness nearly 5,000 years ago. This tour enters and exits through the Historic Entrance, visiting the Rotunda, Broadway Avenue, Methodist Church, the saltpeter mining ruins at Booth's Amphitheatre, Giant's Coffin, and the Tuberculosis Huts along the way.
An introductory tour into the Historic Entrance, this section of cave houses many great artifacts left behind by historic and prehistoric people. Staying along broad walkways in some of the largest rooms in Mammoth Cave, this tour is ideal for those who do not like tight spaces, have small children, or anyone looking for a tour with limited steps. This tour is the guided version of the self-guided Discovery Tour.
Includes part of the Self-guided Extended Historic Tour.
Duration: 1.25 hours
Distance: 0.75 miles (1.2 km)
Total Stairs: 160
Ages: All ages. Youth under the age of 16 years, must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.
Tickets available for each tour time: 30
Fees: $8 Adults, $6 Youth, $4 Senior Pass Holder, $4 Access Pass Holder
Visit Recreation.gov to reserve tickets for the Mammoth Passage Tour.
Walk a hillside trail down to Mammoth Cave's most famous entrance and follow the path used for over two centuries of touring. Stroll at your own pace and experience the grandeur of large trunk passages in the world's longest cave. Discover how Mammoth Cave has intrigued countless visitors since the first human entered its darkness nearly 5,000 years ago. Tour enters and exits at the Historic Entrance, visiting the Rotunda, Methodist Church, a historic salt peter mining site at Booth’s Amphitheatre, Giant’s Coffin, and a mid-19th century stone built hut used for treating Tuberculosis. Guides will be stationed at various locations along the route for any assistance or questions you may have.
Other Cave Tours
Mammoth Cave offers numerous cave tours throughout the year. The selection of tours changes seasonally and with staffing availability. You can read descriptions and learn more about these other cave tours before planning your trip to the park. Check back with our cave tour schedule or park calendar to see future offerings of these other cave tours.
Last updated: October 19, 2020