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Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour

3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Truly a Wonder of the World!

Even though this is not on the Wonders of the World list, it will make yours if you go here. There... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Cindy H
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Alameda, California
A must see!

Wow!this was my husband's dream to take his family here. I wasn't that excited but went along. We... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Tina W
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Grande Prairie, Canada
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“natural entrance” (444 reviews)
“self guided tour” (134 reviews)
“big room” (332 reviews)
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3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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"long walk"
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"gift shop"
in 67 reviews
"hand rails"
in 29 reviews
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"bucket list"
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"great room"
in 27 reviews
"down hill"
in 20 reviews
"worth the trip"
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Reviewed yesterday

Even though this is not on the Wonders of the World list, it will make yours if you go here. There is so much to see and do. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Cindy H
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wow!this was my husband's dream to take his family here. I wasn't that excited but went along. We are a family of 9(2 small grandsons) To see the caverns is a must! It is truly amazing and a wonder. We walked into the cavern and...More

Thank Tina W
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a spectacular place!!! Completely in awe! We rode the elevator down to the Big Room (broken ankle not completely healed), all the way down 750 feet to the bottom! What a ride! It is a mile plus walk through the pathway, which has a...More

Thank Ronald J
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is by far the best National Park That has Caverns! We took the 750 foot hike down into the caverns. My favorite part was seeing all of the bats zooming in and out of the cave! We took the elevator back up. There is...More

2  Thank Marna C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We elected to take the self guided tour at the natural entrance. There are (I think) 60 switchbacks on the path and the total descent is about 750 feet. Some of the slopes are fairly steep. It is dimly lit and a bit spooky for...More

1  Thank John B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to do the $12 self-guided Audio Tour (paid for at the gift shop) and thoroughly enjoyed it. This allowed us to not be hemmed into when we would arrive to join a tour, and also go at our own pace and listen to...More

3  Thank mammak61
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you ever find yourself in the Carlsbad, NM area, you HAVE to go the the Caverns and do the tour. We just did it this past Memorial Day weekend and it was very cool. It was crazy crowded because of the holiday weekend, but...More

1  Thank tkmilam
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Carlsbad Caverns National Park and the self guided tour into the cave is a must see. Get there early so you have plenty of time to explore the cave at your leisure. There is an entrance fee charged however if you have an annual NPS...More

1  Thank JNFII
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking what to do around here since we are new to the states. Coming from Hawaii we are used to all outdoor activities. I Google something's and found this caverns about two and a half hours away from our destination. I called to...More

1  Thank anacotton27
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You eventually descend 750 feet underground. Some of the slope is really steep. Did some walking and step climbing for months in training for the trip. But somehow my calves did not think i did any exercise. I needed bengay that night but it was...More

1  Thank gulfcoastfriend
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kpotts04
17 June 2018|
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Response from anacotton27 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is confusing... I believe they want all visitors to start hiking before 4pm. I know the hike is about 1 hour going and another 1 hiking up. When I went I make sure to call first and their recommendation was to be... More
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Sapphire S
2 May 2018|
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Response from ki0ki | Reviewed this property |
extra for the ranger led tour
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sherylsr
14 April 2018|
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Response from WanderingSpriti | Reviewed this property |
We did not eat there but there is a snack area off the big room end / entrance. We ate upstairs which has better choice.
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