Ready to start your adventure?
Membership with the Washington DC Grotto opens a door to true
adventure. Caving is physical, claustrophobic, muddy, all inspiring,
and unbelievably rewarding. The DC Grotto only caves in wild caves, no
pre hung lights, no sidewalks, and no tourists. Membership offers an
experience, unmatched in Washington DC.
DC Grotto is open to everyone and all experience levels. You may be a
beginner, or a technical, high angle rope expert. The Grotto offers a
safe caving experience, training and equipment rental. Everyone is
searching for that one thing that makes them different.
Membership offers a friendship with others on an intriguing quest. Membership also offers:
• Monthly cave trips
• Overnight cave trips
• Exclusive access to regional and national caving events
• Rope training with knowledgeable cavers
• Monthly Newsletter about national and international caving.
• Quarterly DC Speleograph (our internal publication) about local caving news.
• Monthly Meetings at a local bar
• Access to our Library, including 85 years of caving history
• Camping under the West Virginia Milky Way with new friends
Our meetings are free of charge, but everyone must be a member to cave
with the Grotto. We are sorry, but we cannot offer non-member caving.
Our membership application has disclosures that protect the Grotto, and
the nominal membership fee supports our internal structure. We are not
a for profit business. We are a 501()c)(3) nonprofit organization. We
don’t own caves and we are not professionally trained. Our knowledge is
passed from one caver to the next. The DC Grotto is a group of friends
that cave together. We offer a grassroots experience of a lifetime.
Our current membership fee is $25.00 for three years of unlimited caving or $10.00 per year.
If you want to pursue your interest in caving and are willing to
by our conservation policies, you should download the
DC Grotto membership form,
complete and sign it and return the form and
your dues to the address given on the form.
Although no longer a requirement for DC Grotto membership, we
you to join the National Speleological
The NSS website has more information and you can join
if you wish.
If you have any questions, or to obtain more information, contact DCG membership