Spider Cave

Useful Information

Location: Carlsbad Caverns NP, NM. Garden Grove Canyon. Trail to the cave entrance, 15 min hike (400 m).
Meeting point: Visitor Center. (exact location not public)
Open: All year Sun 13.
Reservation required. Closed 25-DEC.
Fee: Adults USD 20, Card Holders USD 10, Children (12-15) USD 10.
Card Holders means Golden Age/Golden Access Passport holders.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: none, bring own
Dimension: T=13 °C
Guided tours: D=4 h.
Bibliography: Carol A Hill (1987): Geology of Carlsbad Cavern and other caves in the Guadalupe Mountains, New Mexico and Texas, 150pp, 130 figs [most are photos], SB. The author suggest that the caves are formed by sulphuric rather than carbonic acid. Some nice colour photos.
Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 3225 National Parks Hwy., Carlsbad, NM 88220, Tel: +1-505-785-2232, Fax: +1-505-785-2302. E-mail: contact
Tour reservations, Tel: 1-800-967-2283, international Tel: +1-301-722-1257.
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Spider Cave is one of more than 100 caves located at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. But it is not part of the same cave system as Carlsbad Caverns. This cave is guided by rangers in cave trekking tours. The cave is called a maze cave, which means it has passages in various directions and levels. The tour includes hiking and climbing, sturdy boots and appropriate clothes are necessary. Helmets with headlights are provided, but four AA batteries must be brought by the visitors. Soft knee pads, cotton or leather gloves, and long pants are helpfull. Bring drinking water for the hike.

The tour shows the Mace Room, Medusa Room, and Cactus Spring.