The highlight of the 200-acre Alabaster Caverns State Park is the mile cavern formed of alabaster, a rare form of gypsum, making it the largest natural gypsum cave in the world that is open to the public. Daily guided tours of Alabaster Cavern are available on the hour from 9am-4pm. For safety reasons, each tour has a maximum number of visitors who can be accommodated. A fee is charged for the tour. The cavern recently underwent an extensive lighting overhaul. Group tour reservations are required at least two weeks in advance. The park also features RV and other camping areas. Hiking trails, picnic areas, group shelters with electricity, grills, water, a horseshoe pit, and a volleyball court are available at the park. Wild caving is a unique adventure also available at the park. ***NOTICE***The cavern tour involves a strenuous walk of approximately 3/4 mile, during which visitors will climb or go down a total of 330 stair steps. Due to these natural features and conditions, the cave is always cool and damp. The tour path is, at places, narrow, wet, uneven or at a steep incline. The tour takes about 45 minutes to complete. Due to the features of the cave described above, the walking tour is not recommended for those with mobility or respiratory problems, heart conditions or claustrophobia.

Nice cave that is worth a stop if you're in the area. Somewhat of a short tour. However, the guided tour is just a small piece of a much larger caving system that can be explored unguided with the right equipment. 3 stars is just for the guided tour.

walking
3 months ago

it was fun. We enjoyed the names of the rock formations. They let us go off the trail for a very short detour.

birding
3 months ago

Another rim trail, good for birds, more shade.

hiking
3 months ago

I did this one early in the morning and watched the sunrise. Very nice, small canyon, lots of birds

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

There is a short guided tour, but the best way to explore the area is in any of the three unguided caves with hard hats and flashlights. (You must have both!) There is a lot of crawling and climbing about the caves. You will also get muddy - I threw away the clothes I wore to explore.

Cave was simple but unique. Worth the trip. nice campgrounds. nice canyon trails for scenery. Poorly maintained