Caves Celebrate National Park Week with Free Tours

Visitors going down the steps in Wind Cave National Park.

Visitors going down the steps in Wind Cave National Park. Photo by daveynin/flickr

In celebration of National Park Week beginning today, a number of National Parks are offering free cave tours.

The free tours, available on a first come, first serve basis, run on weekdays from Monday, April 22nd, through Friday, April 26th.

Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park is offering free 75 minute long Mammoth Passage cave tours. In addition to the free cave tour, the park is holding a Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 27th.

The entrance fees to the self-guided Big Room cave tour and access to New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns via the elevator or a 1.6 kilometre (one mile) walk down the natural entrance have been waived, although fees for audio guides and ranger guided tours still apply.

Meanwhile South Dakota’s Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park will be offering their own free tours. Jewel Cave’s will likely have free Scenic Tours and short 30-minute Discovery tours, while Wind Cave is advertising free 75 minute long Natural Entrance tours.

Besides the free cave tours, many of the parks will be holding special activities on the surface throughout the week.

For more information, contact the park you intend to visit.

It is National Park Week at Mammoth Cave [Mammoth Cave National Park], Free Entrance Days in the National Parks [Jewel Cave National Monument] & Wind Cave Celebrates National Park Week with Free Tours [Wind Cave National Park] & Jewel Cave Offers Free Cave Tours to Celebrate National Park Week [Jewel Cave National Monument]

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