Due to a rise in Covid-19 cases, cave tours are suspended and the gift shop is closed until further notice. We hope to return to normal operations soon!
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We are proud to announce that the caverns will open for tours effective Saturday, May 16, 2020. We ask for your patience as we adjust our procedures for everyone’s safety.
New Policies and Procedures
Changes in Tour Schedule:
Monday-Thursday tours are scheduled at 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, and 4PM. Friday-Sunday tour schedule will be adjusted to every hour beginning at 10AM with the last tour going in at 4PM. Same day tour reservations will be available by phone. Nonrefundable full payment will be required at the time of phone reservation. Tour prices are $19 for ages 13 years and up, $9 for ages 5-12, and 4-Under there is no charge. Military Rate: $17.00 with valid ID. Please call 256-728-8193 for same day tour reservations. Those with reservations will need to check in at least 15 minutes prior for scheduled tour.
In Person Ticket Purchases:
Tickets will be purchased through the side window on the porch of the Welcome Center. Direction and signage are provided for guidance. Six feet distances are marked on the porch to assist with social distancing.
Tour Capacity Limit:
Tours will be limited for each tour to help with social distancing guidelines.
Park guests are required to maintain a social distance of 6 feet, unless you are in the same family unit.
Limited Capacity in Park Buildings:
Capacity limits will be posted on park facilities and those guidelines must be followed as safety precautions.\
Increased Open Space:
Seating around the welcome center has been adjusted to comply with social distancing guidelines. Please do not move furniture or chairs that have been spaced apart for safety precautions.
Personal Protection Equipment:
We recommend park guests bring their own mask to wear. Hand sanitizing stations will be offered at designated locations throughout the cave. Please remember clean hands are very important to keep park guests and employees safe.
Designated Sanitation Crew:
We will have designated staff members to disinfect areas of the park frequently for everyone’s safety.
Acrylic shields have been installed at point-of-sale locations to provide more protection for employees and guests.
Employees will be provided personal protection equipment and hand sanitizer. Employees will wear appropriate PPE when necessary for the assigned work duties.
Children 5 - 12 years of age: $9.00
Children 4 years of age and under: FREE with paying parent or guardian
Schools and Pre-School Groups: Students - $8.00, Chaperons - $14.00
Teachers: FREE with school group (Ask about special rates for combined tours and gem mining for students)
Military Rate with Valid ID: $17.00
Groups of 25 or more: $14.00 per person with a reservation
The Welcome Center opens daily at 9:00 a.m. and closes after the last tour group clears the cave.
CAVE TOUR TIMES:
Tour guide required to enter the cave.
The months of March, April, beginning of May, September, October and the beginning of November are a popular time for school field trips, with the children visiting most frequently in the mornings. Tour times will be adjusted to accommodate the large numbers and we'd like to recommend that you plan your visit for 12:00 p.m. or later during this time frame. You may call ahead to confirm if we have any large groups scheduled.
Tours last approximately 90 minutes and you will walk about 1.5 miles round trip.
Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
For your safety and convenience, access to the cave is available only with a tour guide.
For more Information call the Cathedral Caverns State Park office at (256) 728-8193.
All fees and times are subject to change without prior notice.