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Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour
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Reviewed 11 June 2018 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 miles and miles of steep walking underground into the caverns. I would recommend bringing a flashlight to see where your walking. It says online that the path is “well lit” in some areas it’s not so bring a flashlight! The views were breathtaking! We went on a Friday and there was no line to get onto the elevator back up. Definitely a must see! If you’ve never been go! The $12 admission fee is worth every cent!

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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 the faint of heart. It was a relief to have the 56 degree temperature in the cave after sweltering in the hot sun outside. We didn't make the entire trip, but got well into the cave and out of the last of the daylight. The natural entrance path may be better suited to younger legs.
The price was great - free with my National Park Service senior pass.

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 what we found interesting. The Natural Entrance Tour took us about 1 1/2 hours, then we took a break and went to the Big Room as well, which took about an hour. NOTE: The only food you are allowed to bring with you into the caves is food that they will sell you, but water is allowed. This was a great way to see Carlsbad Caverns, but if able, definitely go to the evening 'bat flight'. We had a wonderful time: the ranger fielded a great array of questions with ease, and we were treated to see many bats make their evening flight!

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 not so much that we didn't still enjoy the tour. The elevator was working, but when we got to the bottom, there was a two hour wait to go back up in the elevator. Therefore, we took the Natural Entrance back out. Man o man, that trek will definitely make you realize how out of shape you are! Glad we did it, but if we ever make it to the Caverns again, I'll wait for the elevator going up!!

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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 pass, fees are waived. While it may be sunny and warm just before entering the cave, it is dark and chilly inside with a constant temperature of 56F. Be sure to bring a light jacket and close toed shoes. You can hike into the cave along will marked paths that aren’t steep. It will take 1hr to 1hr 30min to get all the way to the bottom, some 800ft beneath the surface of the Earth. You may take an elevator back up to the visitor center, instead of hiking out the way you hiked in.

1  Thank JNFII
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