Youth groups

Is your energetic group looking for a day they will be WILD about? Look no further! We are here to help you plan for an adventure full of activities that your group will never forget.

Whether you are coming to the Cave of the Winds Mountain Park for team building, learning, or just plain fun, we have a tour designed just for your Junior High and High School groups including: Athletic Groups, Church Youth Groups, Choirs, School Bands, Science Groups, Clubs, and any youth organization.

Program length

Tour time lengths are approximate and fluctuate according to the tour requested. Our tours range from 45 minutes to 2 hours.

Minimum group size

Groups must be at least 15 people. (Groups of fewer than 15 may pay a flat fee to participate in this program.)

Maximum group size

Please call (719) 685-5444 x 5 for group size limits. The maximum and minimum group size will vary depending on which tour you choose. Our average group size is between 15-20 people.

all ages

Discovery Tour

For All Ages – Our Discovery Tour is available year-round and goes into the parts of the cave that are lit with electric lighting. On this tour your guide will tell you about the discovery of the cave, some history of the cave, and about the formations in the cave.

Depending on the season, this tour can be upgraded to include Gemstone Panning, and additional activities.

  • Available Weekdays, with some exceptions.
  • Groups of 15 people or more required for group reservations.
  • Groups with less than 15 people must pay for at least 15 people to receive discounted rates.
Tour Pricing:
12 and under $9 per student
ages 13-18 $16 per student
Chaperone (Your group will receive one free chaperone per every 15 paid students.) $16 per person

Special discount November-February: This program is discounted to $7 per student ages 12 and under, $14 per student ages 13-18, and $14 per each chaperone (tour only). Groups of 15 people or more required for group reservations. Groups with fewer than 15 people must pay for at least 15 people to receive discounted rates.

Grades 5 – 8

Geo 101: Underground Adventure

Specially designed to challenge middle school students, this field experience features an extended cave tour and a geology lab. Students will learn about Colorado Geology in our cave classroom before investigating cave formations during a tour of Cave of the Winds. Students will need to bring a flashlight for the highlight of the program in the Manitou Grands Caverns, the location of some of the most active passages of the cave. Expect clothing to get slightly dirty. Depending on the season, this tour can be upgraded to include Gemstone Panning, and the Outdoor Activities.

  • Available Weekdays, September – May
  • Participants must be at least 48” tall and under 300 lbs. to safely enjoy our Outdoor Activities.
Tour Pricing: March–May & September–October
Students $10.00
Chaperone $15.00

*Please note: One teacher or chaperone free with every 15 paid students. All siblings and children under 6 years are not permitted. Children 6 years and up are $10 each (tour only) and must be counted in your group. 

Tour Pricing: November–February
Students $8.00
Chaperone $13.00

*Please note: Gemstone panning and the Outdoor Activities are available weather permitting. Siblings and Children under 6 years are not permitted on this tour. Children 6 years and up are $8 each (tour only) and must be counted in your group.

Grades 8 – 12

Caving 101: Introduction to Caving

Take your Youth Group on an exciting caving trek through the underground! Your group will explore undeveloped sections of the Manitou Grand Caverns, while climbing and crawling through passageways by flashlight. Knowledgeable guides provide groups with 2 hours of good clean, yet muddy fun 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. Depending on the season, this tour can be upgraded to include Gemstone Panning and other activities.

  • Available Most Weekdays, September – May
  • Participants must be at least 48” tall and under 300 lbs. to safely enjoy our Outdoor Activities.
  • Times available: (Daily) 8:00 am with a Max of 30 Participants or after 7:00 pm with a Max of 45 Participants. Add-ons are also available.
Tour Pricing: March–May & September–October
All ages $25.00

*Please note: Participants must be at least 8th – 12th Graders. Add-Ons are also available. In June, July, and August: Must call for reservation (Call 685-5444, Ext: 5056). This tour is available at $25 per person (tour only) with 15 participants per tour or the minimum payment of $375 for fewer than 15 people.

Tour Pricing: November–February
All ages $20.00

*Please note: A flat fee of $300 for groups of less than 15 (tour only).

Grades 8 – 12

Lantern Tour

The Lantern Tour is an adventure that travels deeper into the darkest parts of the cave and participants will carry a lantern to light the way. Learn about the folklore of the cave, cave history, and hear some spooky stories about the cave’s past. Depending on the season, this tour can be upgraded to include Gemstone Panning and other activities.

  • Available All Year-Round
  • Participants must be at least 48” tall and under 300 lbs. to safely enjoy our Outdoor Activities.
Tour Pricing: March–May & September–October
Ages 8-12 $15.00
Ages 13-18 $22.00
Chaperones $22.00

*Please note: Groups of 15 people or more required for group reservations. Groups with fewer than 15 people must pay for at least 15 people to receive discounted rates.

Available Add-Ons

Gemstone panning: $3 per person

Your students can pan for their very own gemstone collection on our Sluice just like the miner used to during the gold rush. Everyone is guaranteed to find some gemstones and we will even give them a souvenir bag to take their collection home in.

Wind Walker Challenge course: $10 per person (includes the Bat-A-Pult)

For more physical challenges, dare to climb onto our Wind Walker Challenge Course and test your balance and skills with looped ropes, tight ropes, and suspended steps and more all at levels of 15, 30, and 600 feet above Williams Canyon.

Bat-a-Pult zip-line: $10 per person (Includes the wind walker)

On the Bat-a-Pult zip-line, students will experience flight and survey the terrain from a bats-eye view as they soar down into Williams Canyon before boomeranging back to the start.

Caver’s Crawl: FREE

Kids will learn about what it takes to go caving and the skills it requires. Then they will have an incredible hands-on simulated caving experience in the Caver’s Crawl Challenge.

Forces of Nature: FREE

In this program the students will learn about wild fires (with focus on the Waldo Canyon Fire), flash floods, and lightning and their effects on nature.

Magic Lantern Virtual Reality Theatre: Cost: $3 more per student, when included with a tour.

Your students can experience virtual reality where up to 12 people are strapped into a roller coaster type car and given headsets. They will then be sent on one various trips like a roller coaster flying through space, caves, and more.

Gemstone Panning & Magic Lantern Virtual Reality Theatre: Cost: $5 more per student, when included with a tour.

Combo! Get two fun activities for one low price when you combine both activities. (available weather permitting)

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