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Worth the money

This added tour is well worth the money. Our guide was a wealth of knowledge about the caverns and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Amy M
Orange County, California
Worth much more than $8 for this guided ranger tour!

My husband and I did the Big Room tour one day and came back a second day to do the King's Palace... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2018
Denver, Colorado
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This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and must be visited with a guide.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
+1 575-785-2232
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All reviews ranger led tour total darkness great tour tour group big room natural entrance worth the extra money extra fee green lake jim white tour takes early explorers general admission beautiful formations self guided ahead of time park ranger
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This added tour is well worth the money. Our guide was a wealth of knowledge about the caverns and other caves around the world. He was an experienced caver and could add so much real-life experience. The views in these rooms are spectacular. I highly...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Amy M
Reviewed 15 November 2018

My husband and I did the Big Room tour one day and came back a second day to do the King's Palace. Our guide was Andy, who had been there about 1 year. It was so helpful to have the ranger take the group through...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 14 November 2018 via mobile

We took the guided Kings Palace tour while at Carlsbad Caverns, and it was beautiful. Unfortunately tripods are not allowed, so I could not take the long exposure photos necessary to capture the beauty. It was neat to see, but I wish I could have...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

We would highly recommend buying advance tickets and taking this ranger tour. Although not as huge as the Big Room, the formations are stunning. Our ranger had a bachelor as well as masters degree in geology. Obviously he was extremely knowledgeable, but was also able...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

This tour should be 2 hours instead of 90 minutes in order to allow the visitors to really look at the fantastic scenery. The ranger did a fantastic job talking about the formations and the history of the caverns. The King's Palace and Queen's Palace...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Diane B
Reviewed 12 October 2018

We visited during the off season, only one tour per day was offered at 10 am. The meeting point was in the cafeteria near the Big Room. That gave us enough time to walk down from the Natural Entrance trail. Our ranger gathered us up...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Brown_Samantha
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Great ranger led tour of the King's Palace. Ranger was very informative and entertaining. The tour was at 10 am in the morning and lasted about 1 1/2 hours.We had made reservations weeks earlier and with senior discount it was only $4 each. Highly recommend...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jane_A60
Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

We signed up for the 10 am tour 3 months early. There were 34 folks on this tour which was 90 minutes long and conducted at a very easy pace. Our guide Ranger Laurel was fantastic. She was extremely entertaining very humorous and packed in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

We were glad we booked this inexpensive tour. We purchased our tickets online about three weeks in advance and were glad we did as it was sold out the entire weekend. We did the 10am tour so we were able to do the Natural Entrance...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 8 September 2018

This is a paid guided tour. Very inexpensive and worth it. Our guide was very knowledgeable and didn’t rush anyone. Give yourself at least 2 hours. Definitely a must seee. Pathways r very good condition. There r some very steep areas to climb up on...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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23 September 2018|
Response from 957carleec | Reviewed this property |
Yes, every participant gets to carry their own lantern, you actually get to pick if you want to carry a small or large one, but everyone in our group picked large. The walk back up is steep with many switchbacks and we... More
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Response from Judy G | Reviewed this property |
I would probably do one each day since you are going to be there two days. However, I also don't see why you couldn't do them both in one day, if the timing works. Just be sure to leave a couple of hours to walk down the... More