Cave Closures

Information for Cavers

Bats in a Cave

For national forests and grasslands in the Rocky Mountain Region, most caves are open to public access with some important requirements and exceptions:

  1. Registration is required to access caves that are open. Click here to learn more and register.
  2. Clothing and equipment used in states/provinces where white-nose syndrome is found or suspected are prohibited. The current map of states / provinces where white-nose syndrome has been confirmed can be found on by following this link on the  or WhiteNoseSyndrome- map web page.
  3. Decontamination procedures following US Fish and Wildlife Service protocols are required by everyone to enter any and all caves.
  4. All known cave hibernacula are closed during the winter hibernation period.