Free Cave Tours at U.S. National Parks on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend

January 12, 2012
Mammoth Cave National Park Cave Tour

Photo by Daniel Schwen/Wikipedia

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday, U.S. National Parks are waiving entrance fees. As an added bonus, a limited number of free cave tours will be available at Jewel Cave National Monument, Wind Cave National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Mammoth Cave National Park.

Jewel Cave, which last year passed the 250 kilometer (155 mile) mark, will be offering two free Scenic tours a day from Saturday until Monday. Occurring at 10:00am and 2:00pm, the tours are available on a first come first serve basis. A discovery program, which gives visitors a short 20-minute introduction to the cave is also available.

A recent camp trip in Jewel Cave this past December saw the addition of 2.82 kilometers (1.75 miles) to the total surveyed length of the cave, which now sits at 253.24 kilometers (157.36 miles) long.

At just 18 miles away from Jewel Cave in South Dakota’s Black Hill’s, Wind Cave National Park will be hosting their free cave tours at 10:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

In New Mexico, Carlsbad Caverns will be waiving their general entry fee from Sunday until Monday to allow free access to the Natural Entrance and Big Room routes. Charges for the audio guides and ranger guided tours are still in effect.

Finally Mammoth Cave National Park also reports that a number of free tours will be available.

For more information contact the respective national park you intend to visit.

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