My husband and I took the Lower Cave Tour on our first day in the Caverns, and it was so great that it sort of ruined the other guided tours we took. They were very tame by comparison. Lower Cave should be taken seriously because the first thing you do is the toughest - walk backwards down a slippery rock slope using a knotted rope and then descend 3 different steel ladders into a hole. This has to be done in reverse at the end of the tour. The tour takes three hours. Some of the trail is slippery and you have to be very careful where you step. This part of the cave is not open to the general public. The guides were great and they took the safety of the cave and the tourists very seriously. The only thing I would recommend taking in addition to the headlamps/helmets provided is a strong flashlight. Mine was wimpy, but it's not required anyway. Also take gloves. If you don't have gloves or batteries for your headlamp, the guides provide them at the beginning of the tour. We didn't know this, so we ended up hauling 4 AA batteries each for the next few days. The tour was $20 each but worth it. It's the only tour we have talked much about to other people since we returned from vacation.
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