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Discovery in the Dark Headlamp Tour

Cave Tour
1 hr. 00 min.


Not recommended for visitors with known heart or respiratory problems, poor circulation or difficulty walking long distances on unlevel surfaces and negotiating stairs. Evacuation from the cave to a hospital for medical attention could take several hours.
Same day tour sales can only be purchased at the Visitor Center. Advance sales cut-off is midnight one day prior to tour date. The Interagency Annual Pass is NOT accepted at Blanchard Springs Caverns.

Seasonal; open mid-September to mid-May, Saturdays only, weather permitting
Ticket Availability


Tour Description

Discovery in the Dark Headlamp tours are conducted in the last part of the Discovery Trail. Visitors are supplied with helmets and headlamps, and tours are conducted by Forest Service guides with the cave lights off. This allows visitors an experience closer to that of the early Caverns explorers.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 1 hr. 00 min.
  • Distance: 0.5 miles
  • Number of Steps: 200
  • Accessible: No
  • Effort: Moderate

Know Before You Go

Constant 58 degree temperature; wear low-heeled nonslip shoes; no restrooms underground. The tour has nearly 200 steps, so it is not suitable for wheelchairs, strollerss or those with walking, heart, or breathing problems. *Educational school groups consisting of children in kindergarten through college are asked to contact the Caverns directly at 1-870-757-2211 to schedule their school group tour.


No restrooms underground, 200 stairsteps


From Mountain View, take AR Highway 5-9-14 north for 5 miles to Allison. At Allison, take AR Highway 14 west for 8 miles towards the town of Fifty Six. Blanchard Springs Caverns is marked by a brown sign to the right. Turn right and follow the road to the Blanchard Visitor Center.

Note: Some Tours may be available only from the Tour Park on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the Tour Park.
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