Mammoth Cave National Park Tours

Mammoth Cave National Park

Due to COVID-19, there will only be one tour offered, "Extended Historic Tour" that has been modified to a self-guided tour. Tickets are required to enter Mammoth Cave. Reservations are strongly recommended as cave tours frequently sell out and reservations are the only way to ensure a spot is available for your party. Tours and times change depending on the season, so please review the tour schedule for the dates of your trip. MASKS are required to enter the Visitor Center and the Cave.

As the National Park Service (NPS) monitors and responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health to use the latest science to guide our decision making. Modifications to Mammoth Cave National Park operations and the addition of cave tours to the current reservation schedule will be adjusted as park managers monitor local conditions and evaluate facilities and services with the support of public health professionals.

Cave tours are planned for the entirety of 2021, but tour offerings and schedules may change in accordance with public health guidance. Please check back periodically for an updated tour schedule as it will be updated when tour offerings are determined. We strongly recommend making tour reservations prior to your visit as cave tours often sell out.

Explore up to ten miles of the incredible Mammoth Cave! With more than 400 miles (644 km) of mapped passageways, Mammoth Cave ranks as the world's longest known cave system. Mammoth Cave National Park was established in 1941, designated a World Heritage Site in 1981 and became the core area of an International Biosphere Reserve in 1990.  

Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hill country of south central Kentucky. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place" but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned it the name Mammoth. The park offers a variety of cave tours daily (except Christmas Day). Mammoth Cave tours are available year-around, up to 6 months in advance.  

The park may not publish the complete schedule or variety of tours until 3 months prior to tour date. All tours begin and end at the Visitor Center. Tours range from easy to difficult and may last anywhere from one to six hours. Cave trails and walkways may have electric lights or may be rugged, pitch-dark paths that require visitors to carry a lantern.   

Take a little time to ensure the activity you choose is the best one for you. Each tour is fascinating in its own way and shows off the various sections of the cave. Tour highlights include the Rainbow Dome, the Snowball Room, Crystal Lake, and the Bottomless Pit. The park also offers free programs on the surface that do not require reservations. 

Due to COVID-19, there will only be one tour offered, "Extended Historic Tour" that has been modified to a self-guided tour. Tickets are required to enter Mammoth Cave. Reservations are strongly recommended as cave tours frequently sell out and reservations are the only way to ensure a spot is available for your party. Tours and times change depending on the season, so please review the tour schedule for the dates of your trip. MASKS are required to enter the Visitor Center and the Cave.

As the National Park Service (NPS) monitors and responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health to use the latest science to guide our decision making. Modifications to Mammoth Cave National Park operations and the addition of cave tours to the current reservation schedule will be adjusted as park managers monitor local conditions and evaluate facilities and services with the support of public health professionals.

Cave tours are planned for the entirety of 2021, but tour offerings and schedules may change in accordance with public health guidance. Please check back periodically for an updated tour schedule as it will be updated when tour offerings are determined. We strongly recommend making tour reservations prior to your visit as cave tours often sell out.

Explore up to ten miles of the incredible Mammoth Cave! With more than 400 miles (644 km) of mapped passageways, Mammoth Cave ranks as the world's longest known cave system. Mammoth Cave National Park was established in 1941, designated a World Heritage Site in 1981 and became the core area of an International Biosphere Reserve in 1990.  

Mammoth Cave National Park preserves the cave system and a part of the Green River valley and hill country of south central Kentucky. Early guide Stephen Bishop called the cave a "grand, gloomy and peculiar place" but its vast chambers and complex labyrinths have earned it the name Mammoth. The park offers a variety of cave tours daily (except Christmas Day). Mammoth Cave tours are available year-around, up to 6 months in advance.  

The park may not publish the complete schedule or variety of tours until 3 months prior to tour date. All tours begin and end at the Visitor Center. Tours range from easy to difficult and may last anywhere from one to six hours. Cave trails and walkways may have electric lights or may be rugged, pitch-dark paths that require visitors to carry a lantern.   

Take a little time to ensure the activity you choose is the best one for you. Each tour is fascinating in its own way and shows off the various sections of the cave. Tour highlights include the Rainbow Dome, the Snowball Room, Crystal Lake, and the Bottomless Pit. The park also offers free programs on the surface that do not require reservations. 

Need to Know

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Reservations:

Mammoth Cave tours are available year-around, up to 6 months in advance. The park may not publish the complete schedule or variety of tours until a few months prior to tour date. Cave tours frequently sell out and reservations are the only way to ensure a spot is available for you and/or your party. First Come First Served tickets only sells on the day of and do normally sells fast, so it is recommended coming early to purchase those tickets. First Come First Served tickets may not be offered everyday, so please call Mammoth Cave National Park to check.

Changes and Cancellations

REFUNDS: Refunds will be processed if you cancel before your tour time and date. There will be $1 per ticket charge regardless the reason for the cancellation. Customers who cancel any tour after the times stated or no-shows will forfeit the tour fee. EXCEPTIONS: Introduction to Caving Tour and Wild Cave tour may be cancel at no cost until midnight 10 days prior to the tour date. Within 10 days prior to tour date, a cancellation fee of $6 will be applied to an Introduction to Caving Tour ticket and a $12 cancellation fee will be applied for a Wild Cave Tour ticket. 

FEES: Effective March 1, 2021 our cave tours pricing will increase per ticket.  

Contact Information

Mailing Address

P.O Box 7 Mammoth Cave KY 42259

Phone Number

270-758-2180

Available Tours and Tickets

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