Caves and Mines

Colossal Cave Mountain Park Vail

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Colossal Cave Mountain Park
16721 E. Old Spanish Trail
Vail
AZ
85641
Tel: 520 647 7275

Where are we going today?

Colossal Cave Mountain Park is home to Colossal Cave - so why not have a family day out adventure UNDERNEATH the earth!

There are a number of tours that you can take within Colossal Cave, so you can be sure to find something that's perfect for your family.

The Regular Cave Tour is a great one to start with. Just 45-50 minutes in length, this tour takes you half a mile through the caves. Along the way, you can explore the cave's history, geology, legends, and of course all those amazing formations.

Kids will be amazed at the stalactites that protrude from the ground, and those stalagmites that hang from the ceiling. Helictites, boxwork and flowstone are all other features that you can see as you journey through Colossal Cave!

If you want to explore those mysterious, off-route areas which not many have some across before, then try out the Daytime Ladder Tour. here you can see partially-developed sections of the cave that have rarely been seen since the 1950s! Just grab your helmet and your gloves, and get ready for a 90 minute adventure!

If you're lucky you might even get to meet a bat or a spider along the way!

Want to amp it up? You can take on the Nighttime Ladder Tour with Dinner! You get to enjoy the adventures of the Daytime Ladder Tour, but with a tasty meal to wash down that adrenaline with!

Think that is all the adventure that Colossal Cave Mountain Park offer? Think again! The Wild Cave Tour is perfect if you want to follow in the footsteps of the outlaws and make your way through unlit, unmarked and very rarely seen passageways!

Kids as young as 14 can take on this challenge - a great adventure for them!

The Colossal Cave Mountain Park is also home to almost half the bat species in the state of Arizona! Keep an eye out - you might just spot some spectacular events!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsTickets from $13
  • ChildrenSame as adult
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Daily 8am to 5pm. September 16 to March 15 opens 9am.

All year round

I'm Hungry!

You can pick up snacks in the gift shop.

Healthy Eating!

You can bring your own food and water but you can't take it into the cave.

Any Top Tips?

The caves are always 70F and dry so dress accordingly..

Doing our bit

The cave is a fantastic natural phenomenon, so they do their best to look after it. Any rules they have - please follow as it is all for the protection of the cave!.

Need a little extra help?

You do need to be able to walk down and up about 363 stairs. Often those who are deaf or blind have successfully completed a tour however! Check if you have questions.

Can I get one of those?

They have a gift shop where they sell Southwestern souvenirs, rocks and minerals, shirts, books...a great selection of gifts!.

More information

Riding stables offering trail rides nearby..

What people are saying?

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    I had been to this cave before (three years ago) and really enjoyed it.. but this trip was so over crowded it was not a good tour at all... a Korean lady took us through but had mostly talked about things other than the cave.. that is when we could hear her.. because the bad part is their was 26 people in our group which is waaaay more than there ever should be.. We were told a max of 20 when we had asked, and I thought that would be too much. My previous trip we were 12.. which is about right.
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    I have only been twice in my 43 years. Once at 8 then again at 30. The first time my parents obviously paid. for the second time I went I wanted to see the bigger caves but there was only me and there is a two person minimum and nobody could pay 50.00 and there no way I was gonna pay over $100 just to see a bigger cave. The minimum should be eliminated since I highly doubt I am the only person that couldn't go because of the set minimum. This place is like cell phone service and they nickle and dime you to death.

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    Good relief from the summer heat and a nice park on the grounds too, maybe for a winter visit.

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    This cave does have some damage done to it. Broken stalagmites and Stalactites from years ago when folks shot them off with their guns...That is about it though. There is still a lot of beauty to enjoy. The basic tour is great for kids to experience. Easy walk, not claustrophobic. Plenty of time to take photos. Our guide tried to hurry the group along and had really bad breath but we still took our time and made plenty of time for cool pics. Outside the cave there are stunning views. Very photographic area. Drive a little further into the park and...Read More

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    This is a must see. The guided tour is awesome, you can take pictures unlike Karcher. The history is very interesting and the tour guides provide a wonderful tour. The gift shop is an old stone building build during the Depression and is very lovely. I highly recommend this tour. The view from hilltop location is also very lovely.

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by Bob Pelham

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I had been to this cave before (three years ago) and really enjoyed it.. but this trip was so over crowded it was not a good tour at all... a Korean lady took us through but had mostly talked about things other than the cave.. that is when we could hear her.. because the bad part is their was 26 people in our group which is waaaay more than there ever should be.. We were told a max of 20 when we had asked, and I thought that would be too much. My previous trip we were 12.. which is about right.
At $13/per person you expect more in terms of content and less in terms of crowd.
I would not recommend this tour.. rip off for the price and crowd.

by A Google User

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This cave does have some damage done to it. Broken stalagmites and Stalactites from years ago when folks shot them off with their guns...That is about it though. There is still a lot of beauty to enjoy. The basic tour is great for kids to experience. Easy walk, not claustrophobic. Plenty of time to take photos. Our guide tried to hurry the group along and had really bad breath but we still took our time and made plenty of time for cool pics. Outside the cave there are stunning views. Very photographic area. Drive a little further into the park and there is a great picnic and camping area. Simple and perfect. There is also a ranch with a small museum. This ranch has the lowest priced horseback riding in the Tucson area with fabulous views. They gave my daughter a horseshoe as we watched them change a horses "shoe". Also right there is a snack bar with food and drinks. Not too overpriced either. FUN day. GREAT for families. Photography galore! 5 bucks to get into this park is worth it. Very well maintained!

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