Lantern Tour


Explore Rugged Caverns

Lantern Tour

A Historical Adventure

Ready for a rugged cave journey? Join us to relive the thrilling experience of early explorers! On our Lantern Tour, you’ll travel deep into the Manitou Grand Caverns, exploring passageways and formations lit only by the hand-held lanterns you carry! You’ll learn about the eerie ghost stories,  folklore, and background history of Cave of the Winds as you travel through the dimly-lit Grand Concert Hall and Spider’s Den caverns. A Lantern Tour is the perfect way to step back in time – and step into adventure!

lantern Tour Info

Our Lantern Tour is a 1.5-hour trek through rugged caverns and is ideal for more adventurous visitors. Stopping and shuffling is required, and wearing athletic shoes is highly recommended. Due to the physical requirements of the tour, children ages 5 years and younger are not permitted. The Lantern Tour is not recommended for pregnant women or persons with heart or respiratory problems.

Please keep in mind your shoes may get muddy while on this tour.

Lantern Tour Hours & prices

ALL prices and availability are subject to change until tickets are purchased.

Memorial Day Weekend-Labor Day Weekend: Daily from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tours leave on the hour. Additionally, during the summer, even-numbered hour Lantern Tour tickets (10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.) are available at our ticket office on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Winter Hours: Tours available Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Lantern Tour Prices

Adults: $30
Children 6-12: $15
Children 5 & under are not permitted on the Lantern Tour



Special Military Discount

Please be ready to present a valid U.S. military ID when purchasing tickets with this discount. If you purchase tickets online, please be sure to bring your U.S. military ID to show at the ticket office before going on the tour.

Military Discount Prices

Adults: $25
Children 6-12: $12
Children 5 & under are not permitted on the Lantern Tour

Questions: Call (719) 685-5444 for more information


Lantern Tours fill up quickly!

Don’t be disappointed – buy your tickets online in advance!

Lantern Tour tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours in advance to reserve your spot on a tour. The ONLY way to make an advanced reservation is to purchase your tickets online.


Interested in a LANTERN Tour group rate?

Please call 719-685-5444, Ext. 5 or email us with any questions you have. Click here to make a reservation for your group online today!

Please Note: Lantern Tour group rates are not available between Memorial Day and Labor Day.