Caving 101: Grades 9 –12

High-schoolers can expect an exciting adventure that will culminate in a deeper knowledge about the Colorado cavern system. Caving 101: Introduction to Caving is a tour that teaches teens about the wonders beneath their feet, building upon what they have learned in their earlier education in a fun and accessible way.

Learn About the Wonders Beneath Your Feet

An immersive 2-hour underground trek, the Caving 101: Introduction to Caving tour promises both education and excitement for your high school group:

  • Explore undeveloped sections of the Manitou Grand Caverns Climb and crawl through passageways by flashlight.
  • Knowledgeable guides provide groups with 2 hours of adventure underground!
  • All participants must bring a flashlight and a change of clothes – crawling is required and the cave is often muddy.
  • The cave is 54 degrees year round with possibly humid areas so students will need to dress with this in mind.

Available Add-Ons

Make your field trip to Cave of the Winds more educational and more memorable when you add-on our special activities to keep your students busy and learning!

    • Gemstone Panning: Just like miners used to pan for gold during the gold rush, your students will pan for their very own gemstone collection at our Sluice. Everyone is guaranteed to find some! Each student will receive a souvenir bag to take their collection home in. Gemstone Panning is only available March – October due to colder temperatures. (When you sign your students up for this activity we will include the Time Freak challenge at no additional cost.)
    • Time Freak Challenge: Your students can test their speed, agility, and team spirit. Two teams of 2 to 4 students will pair off to see how many pop-on lights each team can tap-out. Highest score wins! Available all year. (When you sign your students up for this activity we will include Gemstone Panning at no additional cost: March – October only.)
    • Outdoor Activities: For a fantastic team building class activity, your students can test their endurance on the Wind Walker Challenge Course and fly like a bat on the Bat-a-Pult Zip Line. (All participants must be at least 48″ tall, weigh less than 300 lbs, and securely fit the harness to ride.) Available March – October only, weather permitting.


Times & Prices

March–May & September–October:

  • Students: $20.00 (tour only)
  • Chaperone: $20.00 (tour only)
  • Gemstone Panning & Time Freak: $3.00 per student
  • Outdoor Activities: $10 per student
  • Please note: Groups of fewer than 15 will pay a flat fee of $300.00 (tour only)
  • One teacher or chaperone free with every 15 paid students (tour only)
  • Participants: must be 9th – 12th graders
  • Length: Tour is approximately 2 hours long

Reserve Your March-May or Sept-Oct Field Trip

November–February:

  • Students: $18.00
  • Chaperone: $18.00
  • Time Freak: $1.00 per student
  • Please note: Groups of fewer than 15 will pay a flat fee of $270.00 (tour only)
  • Availability: This tour is available daily and can accommodate a maximum of 40 participants
  • Outdoor Activities: Gemstone Panning, Bat-a-Pult, and the Wind Walker
  • Challenge Course Availability: March – May and September – October, weather permitting.

Reserve Your Nov-Feb Field Trip