Colossal Cave tour Dos, Don'ts and colorful photo slide show

Colossal Cave candlelight tour/Photo Ryn Gargulinski

Colossal Cave rocks – literally. This cozy gem of an enclave is a quick trek from Tucson, with a variety of tours all year and special candlelight jaunts in honor of Halloween. Candlelight tours go for one more weekend.

The drive to the cave down Old Spanish Trail isn’t even that bad. You get a long stretch of road with a normal speed limit (i.e. above 35 mph). As long as you’re not behind a pokey puppy or in front of an SUV that’s in love with blazing its brights, the drive is actually quite pleasant.

But the cave itself is where it’s really at – and even better if you heed a few simple suggestions.


Bring a camera. That way you can capture some orbs and have first dibs on shots if anyone falls.

Wear non-slippy shoes unless you want to be the person who falls.

Know the camera’s flash is going to momentarily blind you in the dark so wait a moment before you continue walking down the steep steps.

Dress light as the cave is hot and stuffy.

Believe the tour guide’s tale about the young girl who years ago ran into the cave to escape a mountain lion only to immediately plunge to her death as the cave opens to a big drop.

Take the stairs that now grace the cave’s entrance.


Tilt your candle during the candlelight tour unless you know how to get wax out of purple stretch pants.

Believe the tour guide when he says 50 to 100 people get killed in the cave every year.

Expect to find the gold rumored to be hidden inside. If it does, in fact, exist, it’s not going to be found by some random person on a guided tour shuttled on the path between railings.

Write your name in the walls of the cave. Yes, someone on the tour actually spotted such a scrawling. Do have some respect.

Take a tour if you happen to be claustrophobic.


Please note: Photos were enhanced to make them a bit more colorful. The cave walls are not really bright red or lime green.


Candlelight tour finale Oct. 29 to 31.

Candlelight Tours of Colossal Cave
Cost: $7 person 3 years and up
Time: Starts at 6 p.m., last tour at 8:45 p.m.
Call for more info or to reserve for a group: 647-3450

Click here for more info on other events during Halloween weekend or visit Colossal Cave’s website at

Colossal Cave Mountain Park
16721 E. Old Spanish Trail
Vail, AZ 85641 – 520.647.PARK (7275)


Colossal Cave Halloween prop/Ryn Gargulinski

What do you think?

Have you ever toured Colossal Cave?

What’s your favorite cave?


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9 Responses to Colossal Cave tour Dos, Don'ts and colorful photo slide show

  1. Alan in Kent WA says:

    I like both  moutains and caves.  Up here in the P.R.S, we can add ocean to it too!

    We did Collossal Cave years ago.  Did you see any of the Outlaw Cats of Collossal Cave? 

    • Rynski says:

      hey alan in kent wa,
      didn’t see any outlaw cats – but did view a few orbs and plastic skeletons and spiders.
      yes, you are very lucky to have OCEAN to add to the selection – that is by FAR my favorite…and biggest thing i miss in tucson. do like looking at mountains but prefer exploring or walking through caves.

  2. azmouse says:

    I haven’t been to Colossal Cave in years, but it was always fun to go and a great place to take family visiting from out of state.
    Peppersauce Cave is really cool too. I haven’t been there in years either. I’m such a slacker!

    • Rynski says:

      hey azmouse,
      i agree colossal is a good destination – think some of the crevices would be too small for my visiting brother or dad, tho – one side of the family is 6-feet-plus.
      thanks for head’s up on peppersauce cave – never been there – and NO, you’re not a slacker!

  3. coltcarson says:


  4. Thank you for sharing this helpful information. me and my friends are Colossal Cave soon. We are all excited for the challenge.

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