Friday, February 5, 2010

Free Mammoth Cave Passage tours on Feb. 14

Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Patrick Reed announced on Wednesday that the park will be offering several fee-free days again this year, beginning with Sunday, February 14. “Please come out and join us for a Mammoth Passage tour on February 14, free of charge,” said Reed.

“We had such a great response from the public last year, we are continuing the free tours days again this year. Just stop by the visitor center to pick up your free ticket.” Visitors must pick up their free tickets at the visitor center ticket office prior to tour times. On February 14, the free guided Mammoth Passage tours will depart from the visitor center at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:30.

The ¾-mile, 1¼ hours Mammoth Passage tour enters the cave at the Historic Entrance and follows a route along Houchins Narrows, the Rotunda, the nitre mining artifacts, Audubon Avenue, and Rafinesque Hall. These are some of the mammoth passages for which the cave was named.

“No matter what the weather is doing on the surface, we like to say it’s always a good day to go in the cave,” added Reed. “In winter, the cave is a balmy 54 degrees; in summer it’s a cool and pleasant 54 degrees.”

Camping fees and fees for other tours of Mammoth Cave will not be waived on this day.

The park has scheduled the next fee-free day on Saturday, April 24, during National Park Week.

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