Lehman Caves Tours


 
 

Cave Tour Basics

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
-Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, 1849


Lehman Caves is the longest cave system in the state of Nevada. Tours have been entering the cave since 1885, and you can become another visitor in a long tradition of explorers.

  • Lehman Caves is only available to enter on a ranger guided tour. It is impossible to visit the caves without having tickets on a tour.
  • Two tours of Lehman Caves are currently offered in the summer months: Lodge Room and Grand Palace Tours. In the winter, only Lodge Room tours are offered.
  • Cave Tours are regularly sold out, sometimes weeks in advance. Reservations & ticket sales are handled through Recreation.gov and highly recommended. Reservations become available thirty (30) days in advance.
  • Walk-up tours may be offered as scheduling and staffing levels allow. Tours booked through Recreation.gov are the only guaranteed tours. Do not anticipate or expect ticket availability if you do not have a reservation. Walk-up tour tickets are only available day-of, and often sell out within the first hour.
 
An amber lit rocky passageway leads deeper into a cave. A flat floor with amber lights only inches up the walls beckon visitors deeper.
Journey into Lehman Caves Safely

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Cave Rules & Safety

  • White Nose Syndrome Screening is mandatory at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. In brief, this process involves ensuring that no items enter Lehman Caves that have been exposed to another cave environment without thorough cleaning or disinfection. Help contribute to the safety of our bat population by leaving items that have been in other caves behind. Learn more about white nose syndrome at this link.
  • Please arrive fifteen (15) minutes prior to your tour time to check-in with the front desk at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. Visitors who have not checked in at least five (5) minutes prior to their tour time will forfeit their tickets.
  • No touching of the cave is allowed.
  • Any tour members 15 and younger are required to have adult supervision at all times during the cave tour. Toddlers and children commonly become uncomfortable in a cave environment. Your ranger may escort a group or part of a group from the cave if any tour member becomes too disruptive.
  • Regular crouching is required to navigate smaller passages on the tour route. No crawling is required, and walking sticks or canes are permitted throughout the cave if needed. Handrails are available on all staircases and on many tighter parts of the tour route.
  • No bags are allowed inside the cave. This includes backpacks, camera bags, purses, fanny packs, phone hip holsters, or back mounted baby carriers. Front mounted baby carriers are allowed and available in small numbers for loan at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center.
  • No foods, liquids, water, chewing gum, tobacco products, vapes, or other contaminants are allowed inside the cave environment.
  • Claustrophobia and unease can be experienced on this cave tour due to the tight spaces inherent in cave environments. You have the option of being escorted out if these feelings are overwhelming for you or any group members.
  • The cave naturally remains around 52ºF (11ºC) and very humid year-round, so light jackets or long sleeves are recommended for long term comfort in the cave.
  • Firearms and other weapons are not allowed inside Lehman Caves and any other federal facilities, even with concealed carry permits. Read more on firearm regulations in the park at this link.
 

Available Tours & Fees

Click on individual tours for information on cost, duration, and more.

Duration: 30 minutes
Distance: 0.25 miles / 0.4 kilometers
Total Stairs: 0
Difficulty: Easy

Fees:
Adults (16 years and older): $8.00
Youth (5 to 15 years old): $4.00
Infants & Toddlers (under 5 years old): Free

Access Pass and Senior Pass holders are entitled to a 50% discount on cave tour tickets for the cardholder only. The discount will not apply to the entire group.

White Nose Syndrome Screening is mandatory on all cave tours.

This family-friendly tour takes visitors into the first two rooms of Lehman Caves before backtracking the route to exit. While following a ranger guide, the path begins in the Gothic Palace, then winds its way through the Rose Trellis Room, before returning and exiting through the entrance tunnel. In the Gothic Palace, expect to see an incredible variation of cave formations, like the famously unique cave shields, often absent or found in small numbers in other caves, but ubiquitous here in Lehman Caves.

Children under five (5) years old are permitted on the Gothic Palace Tour. Often, children can become upset in a new, foreign feeling cave environment. If children become too disruptive during a tour, a ranger may remove an adult and child to preserve the experience of the rest of the tour group at their discretion. Refunds are available if this occurs.

Tours are limited to 20 without exception. All adults, children, and toddlers need tickets. If you do not have enough tickets, you will not be allowed on the tour.

Duration: 60 minutes
Distance: 0.5 miles / 0.8 kilometers
Total Stairs: 69
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate. Tour goers will be on their feet for the entire tour.

Fees:
Adults (16 years and older): $12.00
Youth (5 to 15 years old): $6.00
Infants & Toddlers (under 5 years old): Free

Access Pass and Senior Pass holders are entitled to a 50% discount on cave tour tickets for the cardholder only. The discount will not apply to the entire group.

White Nose Syndrome Screening is mandatory on all cave tours.

This family-friendly tour takes visitors along a majority of the tour path inside Lehman Caves. While following a ranger guide, the path begins in the Gothic Palace, then winds its way through the Rose Trellis Room, Music Room, and Lodge Room. Along the tour route, expect to see an incredible variation of cave formations, like the famously unique cave shields, often found in small numbers but ubiquitous in Lehman Caves.

Children under five (5) years old are permitted on the Lodge Room Tour. Often, children can become upset in a new, foreign feeling cave environment. If children become too disruptive during a tour, a ranger may remove an adult and child to preserve the experience of the rest of the tour group at their discretion. Refunds are available if this occurs.

Tours are limited to 20 without exception. All adults, children, and toddlers need tickets. If you do not have enough tickets, you will not be allowed on the tour.

Duration: 90 minutes
Distance: 0.8 miles / 1.3 kilometers
Total Stairs: 69
Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous. Tour goers will be on their feet for the entire tour. Only the inscription room has seating.

Fees:
Adults (16 years and older): $15.00
Youth (5 to 15 years old): $8.00
Infants & Toddlers (under 5 years old): Not Allowed

Access Pass and Senior Pass holders are entitled to a 50% discount on cave tour tickets for the cardholder only. The discount will not apply to the entire group.

White Nose Syndrome Screening is mandatory on all cave tours.

This tour is the longest currently offered of Lehman Caves, and takes visitors along the entirety of the established tour route within the cave. While following a ranger guide, the path begins in the Gothic Palace, then winds its way through the Rose Trellis Room, Music Room, Lodge Room, Inscription Room, and the Cypress Swamp before finally reaching the Grand Palace. Along the tour route, expect to see an incredible variation of cave formations, like the famously unique cave shields, often found in small numbers but ubiquitous in Lehman Caves.

Children under five (5) years old are not allowed on Grand Palace Tours. Lodge Room Tours are the alternative to the Grand Palace Tours which allow children of all ages.

Tours are limited to 20 without exception. All adults and children need tickets. If you do not have enough tickets, you will not be allowed on the tour.

Duration: 20 minutes
Distance: 0.25 miles / 0.4 kilometers
Total Stairs: 0
Difficulty: Easy

Fees:
Adults (16 years and older): $5.00
Youth (5 to 15 years old): $2.00
Infants & Toddlers (under 5 years old): Free

Access Pass and Senior Pass holders are entitled to a 50% discount on cave tour tickets for the cardholder only. The discount will not apply to the entire group.

White Nose Syndrome Screening is mandatory on all cave tours.
 

Brief tours of the first room of the cave, the Gothic Palace, are available for those unable to negotiate the stairs and narrow passageways of the tour route. Participants join the first 20-30 minutes of a regular tour and are escorted out of the cave by a ranger.

For those in wheelchairs, there is no guarantee you will be able to visit the cave. The entrance tunnel is historic and not ADA-approved. A friend or family member must be available to assist those in non-motorized wheelchairs, and be comfortable navigating the wheelchair down a steep grade. Rangers are not able to assist with propelling wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are not available at the park.

First room tours may not be available on every tour, depending on staffing levels.

 
A park ranger stands to one side of a cave room. On the other side is a row of about twenty seated people watching intently as the ranger speaks.
Park Rangers will show you many amazing features of the cave

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Tour Schedule

* indicates a walk-up tour. Walk-up tours are subject to staffing and availability and not offered every day. Reservations are still heavily recommended and visitors should not anticipate tour availability without a reservation.

Spring: March 11, 2023 - May 25, 2023

Lodge Room Tour (60 minutes)
9:00am | 11:00am* | 1:00pm | 3:00pm*

Winter: November 1, 2023 - March 8, 2024

Lodge Room Tour (60 minutes)
10:00am (Saturday & Sunday Only) | 1:00pm

Fall: September 5, 2023 - October 31, 2023

There will not be cave tours the morning of October 14th, 2023 in order to view the Annular Solar Eclipse. Tours will resume that afternoon.

Grand Palace Tour (90 minutes, must be over 5 years old)
9:00am | 1:00pm
Lodge Room Tour (60 minutes)
11:00am | 3:00pm

Summer: May 26, 2023 - September 4, 2023

Grand Palace Tour (90 minutes, must be over 5 years old)
9:00am | 11:00am | 1:00pm | 2:00pm | 3:00pm
Lodge Room Tour (60 minutes)
8:30am | 10:30am | 12:30pm | 2:30pm

Check the park calendar for tour times and other programs by clicking here.

 

Secure your Tour Reservations

During summer months, especially weekends, Lehman Cave Tour tickets will routinely sell out. Make sure to check for availability two to four weeks before your visit for the best opportunity to secure tickets. This is the only way to guarantee spots on a tour for you and your group.

Plan ahead and visit Recreation.gov or call their reservation line at (877) 444-6777 to book tickets in advance.

Need to cancel? Go through your Recreation.gov account and submit a cancellation.

 

 

Group Tours & Field Trips

To arrange tours for school groups, please contact the park via email, or call (775) 234-7511. School group tours must contact us at least 30 days in advance. Find more information on planning a field trip here.
For information on after-hours photography for amateur and commerical photographers, head to the doing business with us section of the website.

 

More information about Lehman Caves

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    Fees & Passes

    Great Basin National Park has no entrance fee. Please check here for campground and cave tour costs and more information on park passes.

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Last updated: February 9, 2024

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100 Great Basin National Park
Baker, NV 89311

Phone:

775-234-7331
Available 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day

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