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Classic Cave Tour of Colossal Cave

The tour route is a half mile long and takes about 45-50 minutes to complete. As your guide relates the Cave’s history, legends, and geology, you walk down and back up about six and a half stories (363 stair steps) and see beautiful cave formations like stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, boxwork, and helictites.

Tours are given daily, on the hour, year-round. You need no special clothing in the Cave, which is always 70 degrees and dry and you are welcome to take pictures inside.

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Daytime Ladder Tour

Visit mysterious, off-route areas of Colossal Cave that few others have seen! For those 12 years and older, the Daytime Ladder Tour enables you to explore a beautiful, partially-developed section of the Cave that has been rarely seen by the public since the 1950’s. So, strap on your helmet and headlamp, grab your full-fingered cloth gloves and get ready to explore!

On your 1.5 hour tour, you will:
– Climb up ladders– Sidle through narrow passages
– Scramble across bridges
– Learn about cave formations
And, if you’re lucky, you’ll meet a bat or spider while viewing the natural cave fauna.

Your small guided tour will visit an exquisitely beautiful, only partially improved area of Colossal Cave just outside of Tucson. Participants will be provided hard hats and lights and must be ready to climb and clamber. Note that full-fingered gloves are required but not provided; we have gloves for purchase or you may bring your own. This tour requires participants to be physically fit, agile, able to scale obstacles and negotiate tight squeezes.

Don’t miss out on this unique Colossal Cave adventure in the beautiful Sonoran Desert!

Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Wild Cave Tour

If you’re feeling really strong and adventurous, you can make reservations for a Wild Cave Tour.

You and your guides will follow the footsteps of outlaws and early explorers through unlit, unmarked, and rarely seen passageways that extend a quarter mile into the depths of the earth. Guaranteed down-and-dirty caving!Participants are required to be 16 years or older, physically fit, agile, able to scale obstacles and negotiate tight squeezes. Those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

We provide hard hats and lights; full-fingered cloth gloves are required but not provided; we have gloves for purchase or you may bring your own. Knee and elbow pads recommended.

The tour size is limited to 6 people (2 person minimum) and lasts 3.5 hours.

Please call (520) 647-7275 for tour availability and more information.

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Toddler Time Tours

Are you looking for a cave tour geared specifically towards families with little children? And yes, you are required to bring your children with you! This is the solution for you then.

Wee ones have very specific needs. Here’s how it goes … and we’ve all been there. You want your young child to enjoy new experiences and try new things, but your wee ones don’t always want to cooperate when it comes to a guided tour. Missed naps, late meals, boredom and over-stimulation can sometimes make lives miserable on a long, guided tour. The whining starts, then the crying (from both you and the child), then the tantrums begin looming like dark clouds on the horizon. In the meantime, everyone else on the tour is giving you the stink-eye, like you’re THAT horrible parent with THAT horrible child. All you want to do is climb in a hole, but in the cave, you’re already in a hole with no apparent escape!

Parents can now relax and take a deep breath. These tours are super kid-friendly, shorter in duration, fun, and even educational.

Reservations are required. Click here for current tour rates.

Group and School Tours

We offer group and school tours at reduced rates for those who can make reservations at least two weeks in advance. If your party has twenty or more persons, the tour will be given for your group only. A smaller group may have to be combined with another tour.

Please call (520) 647-7275 to make reservations and for current rates.

Gemstone Sluice

Near the entrance to Colossal Cave, our gemstone sluice offers great fun for the kids – and adults too! Recalling a Western tradition—panning for gold—our replica mining sluice gives you the opportunity to pan for gemstones and fossils! Take away your hoard in its own bag; with the gemstones and fossils, you will receive a descriptive card identifying your treasures.

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