How to Get Started

Local Caving Clubs

One of the best places to get involved with caving is through a local chapter of the National Speleological Society. These local chapters, called grottos, can provide beginner trips and training opportunities. Follow this link to find the local grotto near you. >>More

Caves of the National Parks

Several national parks have caves and most of those offer varied opportunities to learn to explore caves. These range from guided lantern tours in off-trail areas to long wild caving tours that require helmets, headlamps, and other technical equipment. Follow this link to learn more about the caves of the National Park Service. >>More

Show Caves

If there are caves in your area, there are probably show caves as well. Some show caves offer paid wild caving tours. Some of these can be pricey and not all of them will be the most educational experience you will have, but it is a chance to try caving without investing in a lot of your own equipment. Many of these tours provide helmets and lights. Follow this link to learn more about show caves in the United States.  >> More

The Online Guide to Cave Exploring