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Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour

3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
+1 575-785-2232
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What a spectacular place!!! Completely in awe! We rode the elevator down to the Big Room (broken... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ronald J
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Van Buren
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A must see National Park!

This is by far the best National Park That has Caverns! We took the 750 foot hike down into the... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Marna C
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“natural entrance” (453 reviews)
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3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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+1 575-785-2232
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 5 weeks 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 10 June 2018

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 3 June 2018

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 31 May 2018

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 29 May 2018 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 27 May 2018 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 24 May 2018

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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Reviewed 21 May 2018

Rather than taking the elevator down to the caverns, take a gander down the natural entrance - it'll give you some perspective on how deep and far you're traveling. It's awe inspiring to try to understand the sheer size of this place as well as...More

Thank CopperLeah
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Reviewed 19 May 2018

The last ticket to the caverns is sold @ 3:15 PM. The last elevator up from the caverns is @ 4:30 PM -- though another employee did say they try to round everyone up to head towards the elevator by that time. Admission was $12...More

5  Thank Mike C
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Brock a
20 June 2018|
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Response from anacotton27 | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any, that even said no strollers. But you can actually visit their website call them. But to be honest I did not see any.
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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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