Free Cave Tours to Celebrate National Park Service’s 97th Birthday

Inside the Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns National Park.

Inside the Big Room at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Photo by Wing-Chi Poon/Wikipedia

In celebration of the National Park Service’s 97th birthday on Sunday, August 25th, some National Parks will be offering free cave tours.

Established in 1916, the National Park Service comprises more than 400 national parks, national monuments, historic sites, national seashores, and national trails including a number that are home to caves.

As part of Sunday’s festivities New Mexico’s Carlsbad Caverns National Park, home to over 118 known caves, will be granting free access to the two self-guided trails, the Big Room and Main Corridor, in the parks primary attraction, Carlsbad Cavern. In addition visitors will be able to take part in a special National Park Service-themed scavenger hunt, view a temporary exhibit about the history of the National Park Service and share their favorite National Park Service memories and birthday wishes.

Meanwhile Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave National Park and Jewel Cave National Monument and Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota are also celebrating with free entry for visitors.

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

National Park Service 97th Birthday Celebration at Carlsbad Caverns [Carlsbad Caverns National Park]

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