Tours and Adventures

When you visit Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, you’ll discover adventure above and below ground! First, choose a cave tour and then decide from three Above Ground packages that are sure to please every member of your family!


Cave Tours
Discovery Tour
A guided, educational walking tour f`or families and beginning cavers.
Time: 45-60 minutes

Summary: Our most popular family tour!

Frequency: Daily, every 20 to 30 minutes

Tour Prices:
  • Ages 0-5Free
  • Ages 6-12$15
  • Ages 13 & Up$21
  • Ages 6-12 (Military Discount)        10% off
  • Ages 13 & Up (Military Discount)    10% off
Lantern Tour
A longer, deeper exploration into the mountain, illuminated by lanterns. Hear about ghost stories, folklore, and spooky history.
Time: 90 minutes

Summary: A spooky historical adventure.

Frequency: Daily, on the hour

Tour Prices:
  • Ages 0-5Children 6 & over only
  • Ages 6-12$18
  • Ages 13 & Up$31
  • Ages 6-12 (Military Discount)          10% off
  • Ages 13 & Up (Military Discount)   10% off
Caving 101
Climb and crawl through undeveloped sections of the Manitou Grand Caverns.
Time: 120 minutes

Summary: Take an exciting cave trek!

Frequency: Times vary through the year.

Tour Prices:
  • Ages 0-12Children 13 & over only
  • Ages 13 & Up$45

Online Reservations are required for Caving 101 at least 48 hours in advance

 
Above Ground Adventures
Pioneer Package

Pioneer Package

Perfect for families! Explore and soar when you choose this fun aboveground package! See descriptions below.


Summary: Includes Wind Walker Challenge Course, Bat-A-Pult, Cliff Hanger Climbing Wall, Geronimo’s Leap, and Magic Lantern Virtual Reality Theatre.


Pricing: $30
 
Explorer Package

Explorer Package

Upgrade your adventure to our Explorer Package that includes all the fun of our aboveground adventures PLUS the TERROR-dactyl! See descriptions below.


Summary: Includes Wind Walker Challenge Course, Bat-A-Pult, Cliff Hanger Climbing Wall, Geronimo’s Leap, Magic Lantern Virtual Reality Theatre, and a single ride on the Terror-dactyl with a reservation.


Pricing: $75
 
Mountain Man Package

Mountain Man Package

Choose our ultimate adventure package that includes a full day of entertainment! Includes our NEW Via Ferrata Canyon Tours and a ride on the TERROR-dactyl! See descriptions below.


Summary: Includes Wind Walker Challenge Course, Bat-A-Pult, Cliff Hanger Climbing Wall, Geronimo’s Leap, Magic Lantern Virtual Reality Theatre, TERROR-dactyl (single ride with reservation), Via Ferrata Canyon Tour/Zip line (single ride with reservation)


Pricing: $120
 
Discovery Tour
What will I do on a Discovery Tour? Explore the electrically lit portion of Cave of the Winds on a 45 – 60 minute guided walking tour which includes 15 rooms, a 1/2 mile of concrete walkways, and 196 stairs. On this family-friendly tour, you will learn about the history an geology of the cave while being shown some of the most beautiful formations.
Time: 45 minutes

Summary: Our most popular family tour!

Frequency: Daily, every 20 to 30 minutes

Tour Prices:
  • Ages 0-5Free
  • Ages 6-12$15
  • Ages 13 & Up$21
  • Ages 6-12 (Military Discount)                     10% off
  • Ages 13 & Up (Military Discount)              10% off

How often do you have Discovery Tours? Depends on what time of year you come.

Summertime (June – August): We have tours daily starting at 8 a.m. Discovery Tours leave every 20-30 minutes. Last tour leaves approximately 1 hour prior to closing.
Wintertime (September – May): We have tours daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tours leave every 30-40 minutes. Last tour leaves at approximately 4:30 p.m.

What should I bring for a Discovery Tour? Comfortable walking shoes, a light jacket, and your sense of adventure!
From May 25th through September 3rd you can experience our most popular family tour at a discounted price! Choose either the Early Riser or the Happy Hour tour. Early Riser and Happy Hour tickets must be purchased online.

Early Riser Discovery Tour Prices:Ages 13 & Up . . . $18 | Ages 6-12 . . . $12 | Ages 0-5. . . FREE
Happy Hour Discovery Tour Prices:Ages 13 & Up . . . $16 | Ages 6-12 . . . $11 | Ages 0-5 . . . FREE

 




 
Lantern Tour
What will I do on a Lantern Tour? Explore, by candlelight, the mysterious and unimproved Manitou Grand Caverns on a 90-minute guided tour which includes nearly a mile of walking. Like the adventurers of the past, you will navigate dark narrow tunnels, low passageways, uneven stairs, and rooms with muddy, original floors. Along the way, you will learn the history of Cave of the Winds as well as the frightening folklore, scary ghost stories, and unexplained phenomena of the Manitou Grands.

Note: Children under the age of 6 are not permitted. Also, this tour includes a 250-foot long narrow passage that ranges from 42″ – 48″ inches tall. Therefore, it is not recommended for guests with knee or back trouble. This tour is also not recommended for persons who are easily frightened by ghost stories.


 

“Came here to mainly do the lantern tour in the caves. We did it one year ago and came back again because it was so cool.”

JSprad8, CO — Tripadvisor.com
Time: 90 minutes

Summary: A spooky historical adventure.

Frequency: Daily, on the hour

Tour Prices:
  • Ages 0-5Children 6 & over only
  • Ages 6-12$18
  • Ages 13 & Up$31
  • Ages 6-12 (Military Discount)                     10% off
  • Ages 13 & Up (Military Discount)              10% off
How often do you have Lantern Tours? Depends on what time of year you come.

Summertime (June – August): We have tours daily from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Tours leave on the hour.
Wintertime (September – May): Tours are available daily at 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tours leave on the hour.

What should I bring for the Lantern Tour? Bending down and shuffling your feet is required, so wearing athletic shoes is highly recommended. Please keep in mind your shoes may get muddy while on this tour.
From May 25th through September 3rd you can experience our Lantern Tour at a discounted price! Choose either the Early Riser or the Happy Hour tour. Early Riser and Happy Hour tickets must be purchased online.

Early Riser Lantern Tour Prices:Ages 13 & Up . . . $27 | Ages 6-12 . . . $15 | Ages 0-5. . . Not Permitted
Happy Hour Lantern Tour Prices:Ages 13 & Up . . . $26 | Ages 6-12 . . . $14 | Ages 0-5 . . . Not Permitted

 




 
Caving 101
What will I do on the Caving 101 tour? Explore the wild, undeveloped depths of the Manitou Grand Caverns on the 2 – 2.5-hour guided tour that involves an assortment of crawling, climbing, and walking through wet and muddy passages of various sizes. On this tour, you will crawl/climb/walk for nearly a mile while learning basic spelunking skills and the history as well as geology of the cave.

Note: Children under the age of 13 are not permitted. This tour is also not recommended for guests who have back or knee trouble.

How often do you have Caving 101? The Caving 101 Tour is available at various time throughout the year.

May 26th – September 2nd 2018, Daily: 8:00pm
September 3rd – October 31st, 2018, Saturdays ONLY: 9:00am

What should I bring for a Caving 101 tour?
  • A good headlamp
  • A pair of gloves (i.e. leather working gloves, gardening gloves, dish washing gloves, etc.)
  • Knee pads, though not required, are recommended
  • A change of clothes and an extra pair of sturdy athletic shoes – crawling is required and the cave is often muddy.
  • Please wear clothing you won’t mind getting dirty and possibly ruined by mud. The cave is 54 degrees year round and humid, so please dress with this in mind.
 
Time: 120 minutes

Summary: Take an exciting cave trek!

Frequency: Times vary through the year.

Tour Prices:
  • Ages 0-12Children 13 & over only
  • Ages 13 & Up$45

Online Reservations are required for Caving 101 at least 48 hours in advance

 
Above Ground Adventures
Magic Lantern Theatre

Journey into a virtual world in our Magic Lantern Virtual Reality Theatre! Our new ride will transport you to a virtual world where you’ll experience soaring aerial views, speed and the excitement that thrill seekers crave! This ride is included in all of our aboveground ticket packages and a real thrill for the whole family!

Requirements: 42” minimum height requirement. Must be 48” to ride alone. Children between 42” and 48” must be accompanied by a parent or other adult. 82” (6’10”) is the maximum height to ride. Maximum weight is 300 lbs.

Choose Your Package






Via Ferrata Canyon Tours

You won’t need nerves of steel for our Via Ferrata but you will need an adventurous spirit for outdoor climbing fun! Created in the mountains of Europe, the Via Ferrata is a system of cables and ladders that helped World War 1 soldiers navigate the front line between Austria, Hungary and Italy! You will be connected to our Via Ferrata track cable for an exhilarating climbing activity through spectacular mountain terrain on a 2 hour guided tour under the close supervision of our experienced guides. Our knowledgeable guides will lead you around limestone cliffs and mountain paths high above the canyon floor. The excitement of vertical canyon walls and amazing views will make for a perfect Colorado Adventure!

Our course is geared toward the inexperienced climber. Our safety equipment is designed to keep you on course. Each climber will be provided with a specially designed Via Ferrata harness system, helmet and gloves. You must wear sturdy hiking /climbing footwear. This tour is an unforgettable Colorado experience!

How much does it cost to ride? $45 per person, per tour. Can be purchased separately or as a part of the Mountain Man Package.

Requirements: Participants must be 48″ tall and weigh between 90lbs & 260lbs and must be ages 12 and up. Guests 12-17 must be accompanied by an adult.

How long is this tour? Our Via Ferrata, an adventure that is part hiking and part climbing, is about 2 hours.

What should I bring for a Canyon Tour? You must wear sturdy hiking/climbing footwear.






Bat-A-Pult
HANG ON TO YOUR SEAT! Get ready to take to the skies on the Bat-a-Pult, an epic, 1200-foot round-trip aerial attraction high along the wild and beautiful Williams Canyon. The ride leaves from its roost high in the rafters of our Pavilion, launching you on an epic, 1,200-foot round-trip flight across Williams Canyon at speeds of nearly 40 mph. For little ones, you can experience the thrill with Mom or Dad right at your side!
 
 
How much does it cost to ride?

Pioneer Pass: $30 per person
The Pioneer Pass includes unlimited rides and access to the Bat-a-Pult, Wind Walker Challenge Course, Cliffhanger Climbing Wall, and Geronimo’s Leap.

Explorer Pass: $75 per person
The Explorer pass will include the Pioneer Pass plus one ride on the Terror-dactyl.

Requirements: Anyone who is 42” tall, young or old will love this ride! Get ready to slice through the air during the day or, if you’re daring, between dusk and nightfall, just like a bat!





Wind Walker Challenge Course
Experience fun and adventure on our unique 3-story obstacle course, the Wind Walker Challenge Course. Balanced atop the edge of Williams Canyon, with a 600 foot drop, the Wind Walker Challenge Course will thrill you with its maze of steel beams, ropes, and ladders.
 
 
How hard is the course? This 3-story course is guaranteed to be fun for all ages. There is even a spot where you can venture out and peer directly down into Williams Canyon, if you are up for the extra challenge.

How does it work? After being placed in a full-body harness and attached to an overhead tracking system, you will be able to navigate through the Wind Walker Challenge Course.





Terror-dactyl
The first of its kind anywhere in the world, this ride sits on the edge of a 200-foot cliff in Williams Canyon in Manitou Springs. Those brave enough to ride will be launched over 150 feet into the canyon at nearly 100 miles per hour! The G-forces on this ride will knock you silly and the free-fall drop will have you laughing and praying for your life at the same time! See the Travel Channel and NBC at Cave of the Winds
 
 
How does it work? Once you are securely strapped in, you will free fall over 150 feet into breathtaking Williams Canyon. Your shrieks and laughs will echo through the canyon, and as you swing back and forth over the canyon floor, you’ll be planning to ride the Terror-dactyl again!

Requirements: We recommend this ride for our guests who are at least 48 inches tall, between 100 – 250 pounds.


Cliffhanger Climbing Wall

Geronimo’s Leap

Stalactykes Adventure Slide

Panning for Gemstones

Just like miners used to pan for gold during the gold rush, relive what it was like to be a Colorado adventurer and pan for your very own gemstone collection at our Sluice. Everyone is guaranteed to find some! Panning for sluice is fun for the whole family, and kids get a kick out of finding their own souvenirs to bring home.

Josephine Snider Nature Center

Learn a little about the history of Cave of the Winds and its discovery by visiting the Josephine Snider Nature Center located next to the cave entrance.

Food and Shopping

Caver’s Cafe will save the day whether you need a soda, water, ice cream, or a snack! Then stop by Pickett’s Mercantile Gift Shop to pick up some souvenirs, unique gifts, tees and sweats, caps and hats, knives, jewelry, books, glassware, kid’s stuff, unique snacks, Colorado memorabilia, and much, much more. Established all the way back in 1881, Pickett’s is open year-round to the public.