Winter 2016-2017

Winter view from the Green River Bluffs Trail.
Winter view from the Green River Bluffs Trail.

Photo from B. Carson files

Serenity. Solitude. Sensational. These are words that aptly describe wintertime at Mammoth Cave National Park. The trees have begun their long winter's nap. The deer have on their thick coats and the squirrels are bundled up with their autumn harvest. Without leaves, the unique features that help sustain this cave country become clear. Rocky bluffs, deep valleys and flat ridge tops take center stage on the landscape. If you want to feel you have the park all to yourself come take a winter hike or enjoy a back country campsite free of charge. While the surface may be subject to winter's chill, the cave becomes a warm refuge from the frosted forest. Come and explore the calm and quietness in nature at your national park.

Our winter schedule runs October 30, 2016 - March 10, 2017. Please note that Mammoth Cave National Park, including the Visitor Center and cave tours, is closed Christmas Day, December 25. Safety and security personnel will continue to operate on December 25, but no visitor services will be available.

The Visitor Center hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Reservations are not required, but are strongly recommended to ensure a spot on cave tours. Reservations cannot be made the same day of the tour. Adult ticket prices are for individuals 13 and up. Youth ticket prices are for visitors age 6 - 12. Unless otherwise noted, all visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or over.

Unless otherwise noted, flash photography is not permitted on cave tours.

Below you will find our full selection of tour times and descriptions offered this winter. Feel free to read each one, decide which is best for you and tailor-make your own opportunity to experience the wonders of Mammoth Cave National Park.

Cave Activity Tour Times
Frozen Niagara Tour 9:00, 10:00, 12:00, 2:30
Domes & Dripstones Tour 10:30, 11:30, 2:00
Mammoth Cave Accessible Tour 1:30 (unavailable Feb. 5 - Feb. 27)
Surface Activities (Free of Charge) Times
Ranger Talk 10:30, (3:00 Sat & Sun)
All park operations are closed Christmas Day

The Frozen Niagara Formation.
The Frozen Niagara Formation.

Frozen Niagara Tour
Often the perfect taste of Mammoth Cave for visitors with very small children, elderly family members, or others who cannot walk long distances. Not sure you like close spaces? Have trouble walking or managing long staircases? This short visit through this very heavily decorated part of Mammoth Cave might be best for you. To reach this section of cave, this tour includes a 15 minute bus ride to and from the Frozen Niagara entrance.

This section of cave is seen in its entirety on the Domes & Dripstones, Introduction to Caving, Grand Avenue and Wild Cave Tours.

Duration: 1 1/4 hours
Distance: 1/4 mile
Total Stairs: 12, plus an optional 98
Difficulty: Easy
Tour Capacity: 36
Price: $13 Adults, $9 Youth, $6.50 Special Access
Tour Times: 9:00, 10:00, 12:00, 2:30
To view what part of Mammoth Cave this tour covers click here.
Want to make a reservation? Click here

The Drapery Room on the New Entrance Cave Tour.
The Drapery Room on the Domes & Dripstones Tour.

Domes & Dripstones Tour
Take a 4 mile bus ride from the visitor center to the New Entrance to Mammoth Cave. Descend approximately 280 stairs through a dramatic series of domes and pits. Continue the journey through large Mammoth sized passages and conclude the cave experience as you take a short walk through a variety of dripstone formations. The tour exits at the Frozen Niagara Entrance to the cave where visitors board a bus for a ride back to the visitor center. It's a great way to see the many faces of some of Mammoth Cave's passage ways.

This tour includes the entire Frozen Niagara Tour route.

Duration: 2 hours
Distance: 3/4 mile
Total Stairs: 500, including 280 on the initial staircase descent
Difficulty: Moderate
Tour Capacity: 114
Price: $15 Adults, $10 Youth, $7.50 Special Access
Tour Times: 10:30, 11:30, 1:00, 2:00
To view what part of Mammoth Cave this tour route covers click here.
Want to make a reservation? Click here

Mammoth Cave Accessible Tour in Cleaveland Avenue
Mammoth Cave Accessible Tour in Cleaveland Avenue.

Mammoth Cave Accessible Tour

See unique gypsum formations, historic cave writing and more on accessible cave trails. Using the elevator entrance, this ½-mile round trip provides visitors with special needs an opportunity to visit the Snowball Room and includes portions of the Cleaveland Avenue Tour and Grand Avenue Tour.

Please note that transportation or mobility assistive devices such as wheelchairs, scooters, walkers or canes are permitted on this tour, but are not available. NPS employees will not transport or aid visitors in using assistive equipment. If visitors need assistance with the Park’s accessible features, they must bring a companion with them for aid. Assistive devices will need to be decontaminated upon exiting the cave to limit the spread of White Nose Syndrome.

Participants and their companions meet at the Visitor Center for a caravan to the elevator entrance.

Accessible restrooms are available in the Snowball Room.

Notice: Due to only having one elevator, this tour could be cancelled on short notice for elevator maintenance/repair.

Duration: 2 hours
Distance: 1/2 mile maximum
Total Stairs: No stairs
Difficulty: Easy - Accessible
Tour Capacity: 14
Price: $20 Adults, $14 Youth, $10 Special Access
Tour Times: 1:30
Want to make a reservation? Click here

Ranger with visitors at visitor center porch.
Ranger with visitors at the visitor center porch.

Ranger Talk
Join a park ranger for a brief discussion for one of the many subjects centered in Mammoth Cave National Park. Topics range from the rich cultural history to one of the many disciplines associated with the park's natural history. No matter what the topic, there's surely something to learn and enjoy with in this small group setting with a park ranger.

Duration: Approximately 15 minutes
Program Times: 10:30, (3:00 Sat & Sun)

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 7
Mammoth Cave, KY 42259-0007


(270) 758-2180
General information line for Mammoth Cave National Park

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