To 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. Cave Tour tickets must be picked up at the park within 1 hour before your reserved tour time or risk forfeiture.
|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 closed. It will re-open December 15th, 2011. You can book tickets for dates after December 15th.)
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 is currently open and will remain open until April 15, 2012. You can book tickets for any date until April 15th, 2012.)
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)
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, etc) are allowed into the cave while on tour; however lockers are available at the park to store these items. It is imperative to arrive within 1 hour before your tour time. We also request that you familiarize yourself with our very important Cave Tour Rules and Reservation & Cancellation Policies.
The cave has an average temperature of 72° Fahrenheit (22° Celsius) and 99% humidity year-round, so it will feel very warm and steamy. 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.
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 the park within 1 hour before your reserved tour time or risk forfeiture.
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.
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.
|Rotunda/Throne Room Tour First||Purchase Big Room Tour Tickets for this time or later|
|8:20 am||10:15 am|
|8:40 am||10:45 am|
|9:00 am||11:45 am|
|9:20 am||11:45 am|
|9:40 am||11:45 am|
|10:00 am||12:15 pm|
|10:20 am||12:15 pm|
|10:40 am||12:15 pm|
|11:00 am||1:15 pm|
|11:20 am||1:15 pm|
|11:40 am||1:45 pm|
|12:20 pm||2:15 pm|
|12:40 pm||2:45 pm|
|1:00 pm||3:15 pm|
|1:20 pm||3:15 pm|
|2:00 pm||4:15 pm|
|Big Room Tour First||Purchase Rotunda/Throne Room Tour Tickets
for this time or later
|8:15 am||10:40 am|
|8:45 am||11:00 am|
|9:15 am||11:40 am|
|10:15 am||12:40 pm|
|10:45 am||1:00 pm|
|11:45 am||2:00 pm|
|12:15 pm||2:40 pm|
|12:45 pm||3:00 pm|
|1:15 pm||3:40 pm|
Try the Eco-Science Trek and learn about the conservation techniques used to preserve the cave’s fragile ecosystem during construction and continued visitation. It follows the same path as the Rotunda/Throne Room tour.