Lower Cave Tour departs from the Carlsbad Caverns Visitor Center at 727 Carlsbad Caverns Hwy., 7 mi. off US 62/180. Entered by descending a 10-foot rope and 50 feet of ladders, this area of the cavern contains beautiful formations and evidence of early exploration. The Rookery is a showcase for cave pearls.
Note: The 3-hour tour involves ladder climbing and heights and is moderately strenuous. Hiking boots, three new AA batteries and gloves are required; helmets and headlamps are provided. Backpacks are not permitted. The tour is limited to 12 participants.