Tickets on Sale for Carlsbad Caverns Rock of Ages Historic Lantern Tour

Rock of Ages inside Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Rock of Ages inside Carlsbad Caverns National Park. NPS Photo by Peter Jones

This year Carlsbad Caverns National Park will be holding its annual Rock of Ages Historic Lantern Tours on December 14th, 15th and 16th.

These special two-hour lantern lit tours of Carlsbad Caverns’ Big Room take visitors back in time to meet some of the adventurous explorers, scientists and rangers who helped weave the historic fabric of this spectacular National Park.

Just as it did in the 1930’s and 40’s, the tour will concludes with a re-creation of the Rock of Ages Ceremony. Visitors will experience a “black out,” followed by the singing the hymn “The Rock of Ages” in total darkness.

With the loss of songster Park Ranger Paula Bauer to a new position, this year the park has opted to seek out local talent to fill the void. Auditions for the roles are taking place later today.

Reservations are required for the tours, which run from 5:30 to 7:30pm, as each Tour is limited to only 40 people. For more information and to purchase tickets contact the Park’s Visitor Center at 575-785-3152.

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