AAA Editor Notes
Lower Cave Tour departs from the Carlsbad Caverns Visitor Center at 727 Carlsbad Caverns Hwy., 7 mi. off US 62/180. Entered by descending 10 feet, walking down a slope using a 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 and three new AA batteries are required; gloves, helmets and headlamps are provided. Backpacks are not permitted. The tour is limited to 12 participants.

Admission
(in addition to cavern admission fee) $20; $10 (ages 12-15). Ages 0-11 are not permitted. Cavern admission, valid for 3 days, $12; free (ages 0-15). Reservations are required.
Hours
Tours depart Tues., Thurs., Sat.-Sun. at 8:30 a.m., early April to Dec. 31. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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