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MAMMOTH CAVE NATIONAL PARK TOURS, KY

part ofMammoth Cave National Park, National Park Service

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When tours are sold out, there is always a possibility that a tour will be available as walk-up. Please call the park at 270-758-2180 for information on availability.

To help protect our valuable and fragile resource, effective July 1, 2013, backpacks and knapsacks will no longer be allowed on cave tours.


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Wild Cave
Cave Tour 6 hr. 00 min.
Difficult
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Hand and knee crawling belly crawls as tight as 9" through small cave passages off traditional walking tour routes. Visitors are required to perform several freehold climbs up or down ten-foot cave walls.

Prices: Adult: $48.00, Interagency Access Pass: $24.00, Interagency Senior Pass: $24.00

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Violet City Lantern
Cave Tour 3 hr. 00 min.
Difficult
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Walk by lantern light through some of the cave's largest passages as guides recreate the experiences of the first visitors in the 1800's. See evidence of saltpeter production an underground hospital and prehistoric mineral mining.

Prices: Adult: $15.00, Youth 6 Through 12: $11.00, Interagency Access Pass: $7.50, Interagency Senior Pass: $7.50

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Trog
Cave Tour 2 hr. 45 min.
Moderate
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This tour offers an off-trail adventure for children 8 - 12. Begin with a short hike through the forest down to the historic entrance and see how the surface and sub-surface are connected.

Prices: Youth 8 Through 12: $14.00

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Star Chamber
Cave Tour 2 hr. 15 min.
Moderate
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See the cave by lantern light as it was seen by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Jenny Lind and other 19th century notables. Follow the passageway taken daily by Dr. John Croghan as he tended consumptive patients in his "hospital" 160 feet underground.

Prices: Adult: $12.00, Youth 6 Through 12: $8.00, Interagency Access Pass: $6.00, Interagency Senior Pass: $6.00

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Snowball Tour
Cave Tour 3 hr. 00 min.
Moderate
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Descend and ascend nearly 200 stairs at the Carmichael Entrance of Mammoth Cave, pass the craggy breakdown of the Rocky Mountains and enter gypsum encrusted Cleaveland Avenue. Purchase lunch from the parks concessionaire at the Snowball Dining Room.

Prices: Adult: $14.00, Youth 6 Through 12: $9.00, Interagency Senior Pass: $7.00

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River Styx
Cave Tour 2 hr. 30 min.
Moderate
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Trace the stages of cave development from solid layers of limestone to the world's longest known cave system. Follow the course of water from ridge top to river bottom and witness the persistence and power required to create this geologic marvel.

Prices: Adult: $13.00, Youth 6 Through 12: $9.00, Interagency Access Pass: $6.50, Interagency Senior Pass: $6.50

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Sold at Park Passage Tour
Cave Tour 1 hr. 15 min.
Moderate
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Follow your guide to the Historic Entrance where the cave was first discovered more that 4,000 years ago. Entering the cave, imagine early visitors as they walked through these "Mammoth Passages" Visit one of the largest rooms in the cave and see remains of an early saltpeter mining operation.
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Domes and Dripstones
Cave Tour 2 hr. 00 min.
Moderate
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This trip begins with a bus ride over the top of the cave to the Domes and Dripstones. Discovered in the 1920's it opened a whole new opportunity for visitors to see Mammoth Cave.

Prices: Adult: $12.00, Youth 6 Through 12: $8.00, Interagency Access Pass: $6.00, Interagency Senior Pass: $6.00

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Introduction to Caving
Cave Tour 3 hr. 30 min.
Difficult
Photo: Introduction to Caving
A good choice for families who want to learn and experience the basics of responsible caving. This tour is difficult, and visits passages off traditional tour routes. It requires some hands and knees crawling and squeezing through narrow openings on the belly.

Prices: Adult: $23.00, Youth 10 Through 12: $18.00, Interagency Access Pass: $11.50, Interagency Senior Pass: $11.50

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Historic
Cave Tour 2 hr. 00 min.
Moderate
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Entering the cave through the Historic Entrance you will feel the excitement that intrigued the earliest explorers and visitors. Discover the historic role Mammoth Cave played during the War of 1812.

Prices: Adult: $12.00, Youth 6 Through 12: $8.00, Interagency Access Pass: $6.00, Interagency Senior Pass: $6.00

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Great Onyx Tour
Cave Tour 2 hr. 15 min.
Easy
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Exploring this geologic beauty by lantern light offers a shadowed backdrop for the multitudes of dripstone gypsum and helictite formations.

Prices: Adult: $15.00, Youth 6 Through 12: $11.00, Interagency Access Pass: $7.50, Interagency Senior Pass: $7.50

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Gothic Avenue Tour
Cave Tour 2 hr. 00 min.
Moderate
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Some areas of Mammoth Cave just seem magical, and Gothic Avenue is one of those special places. This tour begins at the Visitor Center and enters the famous Historic Entrance and passes through the Rotunda and the Church. The tour enters Gothic Avenue, one of the most historically significant passageways in the cave. This area showcases hundreds of examples of visitor experiences still visible today, from the multitude of nineteenth-century candle-written signatures to the dozens and dozens of stone monuments left behind by visitors nearly 200 years ago. Portions of this tour are also seen on the Star Chamber, Historic and Violet City Lantern Tours.

Prices: Adult: $11.00, Youth: $8.00, Interagency Access Pass: $5.50, Interagency Senior Pass: $5.50

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Grand Avenue
Cave Tour 4 hr. 00 min.
Difficult
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This physically demanding trip will give you an excellent idea of the size and complexity of the Mammoth Cave System. Learn how the cave's natural and cultural histories are interwoven. See some of the most dramatic passages in this 'mammoth' cave.

Prices: Adult: $24.00, Youth 6 Through 12: $18.00, Interagency Access Pass: $12.00, Interagency Senior Pass: $12.00

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Frozen Niagara
Cave Tour 1 hr. 15 min.
Easy
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Depart by bus and journey over the top of the cave to the Frozen Niagara Entrance. This entrance created in 1924 makes it possible to see this decorative area of the cave.

Prices: Adult: $10.00, Youth: $8.00, Youth 6 Through 12: $8.00, Interagency Access Pass: $5.00, Interagency Senior Pass: $5.00

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Focus on Frozen Niagara Tour
Cave Tour 1 hr. 45 min.
Easy
Photo: Focus on Frozen Niagara Tour
Caravan in your private vehicle over the top of the cave to the Frozen Niagara Entrance. Walk through this fairyland of formations through the most photographed area of Mammoth Cave. See rooms of formations in the most photographed area of Mammoth Cave.

Prices: Adult: $10.00, Youth 6 Through 12: $8.00, Interagency Access Pass: $5.00, Interagency Senior Pass: $5.00

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Sold at Park Discovery Tour
Cave Tour 0 hr. 20 min.
Moderate
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Visit the Rotunda, one of the largest rooms in the cave; explore a vast canyon passageway; and learn about 19th-century saltpeter mining operations and the geologic origins of Mammoth Cave on this self-guiding tour.
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Broadway Tour
Cave Tour 2 hr. 00 min.
Moderate
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Walk a hillside trail down to Mammoth Cave's most famous entrance as you follow the path traced through nearly 200 years of touring. Experience the gently lit ambience of a large trunk passage in the world's longest cave.

Prices: Adult: $11.00, Youth 6 Through 12: $8.00, Interagency Access Pass: $5.50, Interagency Senior Pass: $5.50

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