Blanchard Springs Caverns announces winter schedule

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Blanchard Springs Caverns, located 15 miles northwest of Mountain View, near the town of Fifty Six, will begin its winter schedule effective Nov. 5.

Blanchard Springs Caverns will be open five days a week, Wednesday through Sunday, from November through March. The caverns are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

The Discovery Tour is closed in the winter due to bat hibernation, but the Dripstone Trail Tour and the Wild Cave Tour are open year-round.

The Dripstone Trail takes visitors through the most spectacularly decorated part of the caverns. The tour takes about an hour to walk through, and it’s a constant 58 degrees in the Caverns. The Dripstone Tour has set tour times of 11 p.m., 1:30 and 4 p.m. during the week, Wednesday through Friday; 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekends, with other tours added as needed.

Blanchard Springs’ Visitor Information Center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors can watch an informative movie and tour the exhibit hall to explore the wonders underground. Books, gifts, and other items are available for purchase at the Eastern National gift shop. For additional information and current schedules, please call the Caverns at (870) 757-2211.  Reservations for Blanchard Springs Caverns tours can be made through recreation.gov. Further information can be obtained online at fs.usda.gov/goto/Blanchard.

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