Hall Crawl

Time: 2.5-3 Hours Age Requirement: 6+

Group Size: Groups of 2+ Tour Time: 9:30 a.m.*

It’s 9:30 A.M., and you’re prepped and ready for the big adventure. The sun is shining, and there’s a slight breeze making its way from the peak of Cardwell Mountain. With this fresh mountain air in your lungs, you fasten the strap on your helmet and descend into Cardwell’s sunken peak; the peak that’s 333 feet below.

You’re only a beginner, but nothing can ward you off; nothing can keep you from the twists and turns that live in this dark and magnificent place. Illuminated by the glow of your headlamp, you come face-to-face with glowing gypsum crystals and sights and formations that have been centuries in the making.

The Hall Crawl will, oftentimes, leave you a little muddy — but it will always leave you with an itch to come back for more.

Physical Expectations:

3/4 of a mile

  • Tight squeezes and cave crawling 
  • Climbing up and down several short ladders 
  • Bring a change of clothes for after! 
  • Young girl squatting and smiling inside the caverns
  • Person hiking down rocks within the caverns
  • Young kid moving from one ladder to another ladder on a hiking tour

Tour Highlights:

  • Unsurpassed underground sights and formations
  • Stunning gypsum crystals 
  • Muddy passages 
  • Experience the famous Lemon Squeezer and Bubblegum Alley 

Tour Prices:

  • Adventure Tour: $50.00 per person
  • Private Tour: $80.00 per person
  • 10-day advance booking needed on Sunday - Friday tours. No reservations required on Saturday.

Higgenbotham’s Hollow

Time: 3.5-4 Hours Age Requirement: 11+

Group Size: Groups of 2+ Tour Time: 1:30 p.m.*

On Higgenbotham’s Hollow, you’ll walk in the footsteps of Aaron Higgenbotham, the first human to encounter the 25-foot drop into the original skylight entrance of the cave.

You’ll squeeze through tight passageways, feel the pop of the mud against your rubber sole on Bubblegum Alley, and traverse high-ladder climbs to places you’ve never seen before.

Just be sure your headlight battery is fully charged so as not to recreate Higgenbotham’s three-day survival in total darkness.

Physical Expectations:

3 Miles

  • High-ladder climbs (up to 20 feet) 
  • Narrow passageways, tight squeezes, and cave crawling 
  • Group of kids walking through a narrow passageway on a hike through the caverns
  • Person standing in the caverns with a lamp on
  • Person on a hiking tour standing and looking out at lit up rock formations

Tour Highlights:

  • Historic cave entrance 
  • Cave skylight  
  • Grand formations
  • Faint Hill 
  • The ledge where Aaron Higgenbotham spent three frightful days and nights 
  • Experience the famous Birth Canal and Bubblegum Alley

Tour Prices:

  • Adventure Tour: $55.00 per person
  • Private Tour: $85.00 per person
  • 10-day advance booking needed on Sunday - Friday tours. No reservations required on Saturday.

Muddy Mayhem

Time: Overnight Age Requirement: 6+

Group Size: Groups of 10+ Tour Time: Book Below*

Remember that backyard tarp slip-n-slide your dad set up for you circa 2000?

You’ll find something similar on this underground route. Just hold the soapy water — and add a whole bunch of mud.

It’s survival of the squeeziest down here on Muddy Mayhem. The twists, turns, and tight passageways will work in your favor, as you plant your heels into the soft earth and feel the cool, rock walls underneath your fingertips.

Be sure to pack your sleeping gear. This muddy adventure will keep you underground ‘til morning.

Physical Expectations:

3/4 of a mile

  • Tight squeezes and cave crawling 
  • Climbing up and down several short ladders 
  • Bring a change of clothes for after! 
  • Illuminated rock formations inside the caverns
  • Woman climbing up rocks inside the caverns
  • Young boy climbing up a ladder on a hiking tour and smiling at the camera

Tour Highlights:

  • Unsurpassed underground sights and formations
  • Stunning gypsum crystals 
  • Muddy passages 
  • Experience the famous Lemon Squeezer and Bubblegum Alley 
  • Discovery Walking Tour 
  • Sleep inside the cave 
  • Breakfast the next morning

Tour Prices:

  • $60.00 per person
  • 10-day advance booking needed.

Skylight Sleepover

Time: Overnight Age Requirement: 11+

Group Size: Groups of 10+ Tour Time: 1:45 p.m.*

You can walk a mile in someone else’s shoes or spend an entire evening in Aaron Higgenbotham’s — the cave’s first known explorer.

You’ll squeeze through tight passageways, feel the pop of the mud against your rubber sole on Bubblegum Alley, and traverse high-ladder climbs to places you’ve never seen before. But this nighttime adventure doesn’t stop there.

Much like Higgenbotham, you feel the cool earth beneath your back as you drift off and dream of the day’s high climbs and grand formations.

Pack a sleeping bag and some extra money for dinner — the cave will take care of the rest.

Physical Expectations:

3 Miles

  • Recommended for experienced explorers and thrill seekers in good shape
  • 1 ½ mile hike to the cave entrance + 1 ½ miles through the cave 
  • High-ladder climbs (up to 20 feet) 
  • Narrow passageways, tight squeezes, and cave crawling 
  • Lit up stalagmites and stalactites in the caverns
  • Young boy climbing up a ladder
  • Person looking up at a rock formation in the caverns

Tour Highlights:

  • Historic cave entrance 
  • Cave skylight  
  • Grand formations
  • Faint Hill 
  • The ledge where Aaron Higgenbotham spent three frightful days and nights 
  • Experience the famous Birth Canal and Bubblegum Alley 
  • Discovery Walking Tour 
  • Sleep in a cave 
  • Breakfast the next morning 

Tour Prices:

  • $65.00 per person
  • 10-day advance booking needed.

*Private tour times will be decided at booking.