Cave Tour Information - Park is Open
Please read through the information on this page before calling to reserve your tickets or reserving online . There are no cave tours on December 25.
Make Cave Tour Reservations and Book Tickets
Reserve online (24-hours) or call (520) 586-2283. You can call 7 days a week, from 8 am to 5 pm MST. To make same day Cave Tour reservations (based on availability) please call (520) 586-2283. Promo/Agent codes may only be redeemed online. School/group tours should review additional information. Please arrive AT LEAST 1 hour prior to your scheduled tour time. Late arrival may result in the forfeiture of your reserved tour time.
Park Wins Certificate of Excellence
Kartchner Caverns SP has been awarded a 2014 Certificate of Excellence, signifying that it has consistently earned outstanding feedback from TripAdvisor travelers.
Gate & Discovery Center Hours
Summer & Fall Hours (June 1 – Dec. 18): Gate Hours 6 am - 10 pm. Discovery Center hours 9 am - 5 pm.
Winter & Spring Hours (Dec. 19 – May 31): Gate Hours 6 am - 10 pm. Discovery Center Hours 8 am – 6 pm. The Discovery Center is closed half-day on Thanksgiving & December 24, and all day on December 25. The campgrounds are open year-round.
|Cavern Tour||Adults 14+||Youth 7–13||Children under 7|
|Big Room Tour||
|Note: Big Room Tours are not available for children under 7 years of age.|
Length: ½ mile. Time: 1½ hours.
This tour is currently open.
This tour has been open since 1999!
It is half of a mile in length and takes approximately an hour and a half to complete, 50 minutes of which is underground. Discover the role that water plays in creating the caverns. You will see the discoverers' original trail, 45,000-year-old bat guano, delicate formations and “Kubla Khan,” the largest column formation in Arizona. Reserve online (24-hours)
Big Room Tour
Length: ½ mile. Time: 1¾ hours.
This tour has been open since 2003. Tours are available from mid-October to mid-April and are scheduled throughout the day. It is half of a mile long and takes an hour and 45 minutes to complete, one hour of which is underground.
The Kartchner Cavern story is about amazing discoveries past, present and future. Marvel at the many strange and colorful formations. Learn about the cave fauna, both living and ancient. Experience the wonder of the cave’s discovery and learn about new scientific research and discoveries as ongoing studies continue. Note: Big Room Tours are not available for children under 7 years of age. Reserve online (24-hours)
|Cavern Tour||Adults 14+||Youth 10–13||Children under 10|
|Helmet & Headlamp Tour||
|Note: Big Room Helmet & Headlamp Tours are not available for children under 10 years of age.|
New! Saturday Helmet & Headlamp Tour
Length: ½ mile. Time: 1¼ hours.
This tour operates on Saturdays year-round, but is closed Dec. 25.
Experience the cave as the discoverers did in 1974 using only the light provided by the headlamp on your helmet. The Kartchner Caverns story is about amazing discoveries past, present and future. Tours are available year round. From Oct. – April tour takes place in Big Room, the remainder of the year the tour takes place in Throne Room/Rotunda. Tour is currently offered only on Saturdays. Tour is half-a-mile long and takes an hour and 15 minutes to complete, one hour of which is underground. Note: This tour is not available for children under 10 years of age. Reserve online (24-hours) Note: This specialty tour is Saturdays only!
General Tour Information
All tours are led by a trained guide, no self-guided tours are available. Various tours are scheduled daily. It is recommended that tours be booked as far in advance as possible to ensure availability. No items (bags, purses, packs, bottled water, strollers, etc) are allowed into the cave while on tour; however lockers are available at the park to store these items. It is imperative that you arrive AT LEAST 1 hour prior to your scheduled tour time. Late arrival may result in the forfeiture of your reserved tour time. We also request that you familiarize yourself with our very important Cave Tour Rules and Reservation & Cancellation Policies. Please do not leave pets in vehicles while taking a tour.
The cave has an average temperature of 72° Fahrenheit (22° Celsius) and 99% humidity year-round. Most areas are dimly lit and some passages may pass through narrow or enclosed areas. This may be difficult for persons with mobility, respiratory or claustrophobia issues. See our Accessibility Information for more details. Please note that Arizona is in the Mountain time zone, and does NOT participate in daylight savings time.
Schools & Group Tours should also read additional information.
Tickets & Reservations
Reserve online (24-hours) or call (520) 586-2283 between 8 am and 5 pm (Mountain Standard Time) any day of the week. Reservations are highly recommended for all tours. You will need to pick up your tickets at the park on the day of your tour; we do not mail out tour tickets. Bring your reservation receipt with you to the park. Cave Tour tickets must be picked up AT LEAST 1 hour prior to your scheduled tour time. Late arrival may result in the forfeiture of your reserved tour time.
Any tickets not reserved in advance will be sold at the park on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the tour. These tickets generally sell out early and quickly. There is no guarantee there will be any first-come, first-served, unreserved tickets available on any given day. Don't risk not seeing the cave, make advanced reservations. (To make same day Cave Tour reservations (based on availability) please call (520) 586-2283.) In the event a tour has 4 or less people on it, the tour will be rescheduled for the next available tour.
Information for Parents
It is not uncommon for young children, six years and under, to become frightened or uncomfortable in the cave environment. In these instances, the child and parent will be allowed to leave the cave tour for their well being and safety. Please inquire upon check-in if you have any concerns. Strollers and backpack carriers are not permitted on the tour. For very young children (birth to one year) soft slings or pouches with the child on the front of the mother or father are recommended. Most infants do not tolerate the cave environment very well so prepare accordingly when planning your visit to the park. Parents are responsible for ensuring that their children do not touch or damage any cave rocks or formations.
Although tickets for children under 7 are free for Rotunda/Throne Room tours, you MUST order tickets for children under 7 (including infants) or there will not be enough space in the group for them.
Booking Both Tours on the Same Day
If you are buying tickets for both tours on the same day make sure to leave at least a 2-hour window between tour start times. If you take a longer break between tours you may enjoy a picnic lunch or enjoy lunch at the Bat Cave Cafe.
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