Hall of the White Giant Tour
There are few places left where one can have a real adventure. The Hall of the White Giant Tour at Carlsbad Caverns National Park offers such an adventure. This is an adventure where the route is the scenery and the experience is more than halfway made up of getting there. The White Giant feature itself is the eventual reward, a tall column that sits in the middle of its own hall, presiding over a chamber locked in perpetual dark, save for the lights of adventurers who complete this challenging journey.
This tour requires reservations and equipment. This is not a casual adventure that one can undertake in their regular street clothes. This journey will be dirty and physically very challenging. The minimum requirements are sturdy shoes, preferably hiking boots, work boots or combat boots, which offer a great deal of protection and traction. Guests must also have soft knee pads for this journey. Gloves are required, cotton or leather, and visitors should make sure that all of their clothing is sturdy and that they don’t mind getting it full of the Earth they’re about to explore.
This journey is characterized by narrow passages. There will be a great deal of time spent in these passages. Those who suffer any degree of claustrophobia should take another tour option. Matlock’s Pinch is the name of one of the highlights along this tour and should give visitors some insight into what they should expect. Those who fear heights will also find this tour a bit too much. Because of the treacherous terrain, communication is vital to this tour. Those who feel they may have a hard time with being in tight spaces for prolonged periods of time and who loathe getting dirty should not take this tour.
For those up to the challenge, the cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children. The minimum age is 12 years. The tour departs from the visitor center. It is only available on Saturdays, starting at 1pm. The tour will take a total of 4 hours. Those under 16 must have a parent or guardian with them. The Hall of the White Giant tour is a great option for those who want to really learn what exploring a cave entails. Reservations are required. Park staff can inform those with concerns as to whether or not this tour is suitable.