Carlsbad Caverns National Park Tours, NM
Lower CaveCave Tour
3 hr. 00 min.
Notice:Please pick up your tickets at the Visitor Center Ticket Desk 30 minutes prior to tour time. Meet in the visitor demonstration Area 15 minutes prior to tour time. An entrance fee of $10.00 is required in addition to a tour ticket. All applicable passes will be honored for entrance. Backpacks are not allowed on this tour. TICKET AGES: Adult:16 years and over. Child:12-15 years. Children under 12 years of age are not allowed. The age limit is strictly enforced.
Ranger Guided Tours
Cave Adventure Tours: For the more adventurous visitors, Carlsbad Caverns offers a variety of truly "wild" cave tours. With no trails and no electric lights, these cave adventures offer the visitor an opportunity to go beyond the world of spelunking into the world of true caving.
Tours cannot be reserved less than 48 hours prior to the start of the tour. All tours within the 48 hour period are sold on site on a first come first served basis.
Please note New Summer Tour Schedule change for May 23 - August 9, 2014 ONLY: No Tour at 1:00PM Mondays through Fridays.
New tour time 8:30 AM on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
In 1924, a National Geographic expedition wrote about the wonders of Lower Cave. Today
Visitors can see these wonders for themselves as well as evidence from early explorations.
This exciting adventure begins with a 10 foot (3 m) decent down smooth flowstone using a
knotted rope. Your journey continues down another 50 feet (17 m) on a series of three steep ladders. From there you continue past clear pools, cave pearls and a myriad of exceptional cave formations. This trip is not for anyone who is afraid of heights, enclosed spaces or darkness. The trail is wet or muddy in many places, making it extremely slippery. But for the prepared, a trip into Lower Cave is a unique and breathtaking experience.
Sorry, children under 12 years of age are not allowed on this tour.
Know Before You Go
Visitor Center Operational Hours: Winter hours are from Labor Day until Memorial Day weekend, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summers hours are from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Participants are required to have a general admission and a tour ticket. Backpacks are not allowed on this tour. Walking sticks or canes are not allowed on this tour. Participants must bring: 4 AA Batteries, Sturdy closed-toed tennis shoes or hiking boots, Bandanas are recommended for under the helmet. TICKET AGES: Adult: 16 years and over. Child: 12-15 years. Children under 12 years of age are not allowed. Prices for Interagency Senior and Access pass holders are for those pass holders only. All others must purchase a separate full priced ticket.
There is no handicap accessibility on this tour.
Restrooms are located in the Visitor Center and in the cavern Underground Lunchroom. There are no restroom opportunities during the tour. There is a restaurant in the Visitor Center as well as limited food available in the cavern Underground Lunchroom. Book store and gift shops are located in the Visitor Center. Kennel Services are available.
Visitors arrive by way of U.S. Highway 62/180 from either Carlsbad, NM (23 miles to the northeast) or El Paso, TX (150 miles to the west). A scenic 7 mile entrance road leads from Whites City to the Visitor Center and cavern entrance.
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.