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Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
Description: Don't let the name scare you away from this natural wonder, a dark cave...
Don't let the name scare you away from this natural wonder, a dark cave with no electricity or modern conveniences but plenty of awesome sights including an 89-foot column, a dazzling Christmas tree-like column and a rimstone dam. Guided tours must be booked in advance.
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So worth the time and effort

Great experience. Actually, every one of the wild cave tours we've taken have been amazing. We recommend them all. This one has a fairly steep-graded hike to the entrance... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Fort Worth, Texas
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175 reviews 175 reviews
46 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Great experience. Actually, every one of the wild cave tours we've taken have been amazing. We recommend them all. This one has a fairly steep-graded hike to the entrance. Tour is listed as 5.5 hours, but a large part of that is orientation, driving to the trailhead and hiking. Still, the time in the cave is over two hours and... More 

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London, Ontario, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We absolutely loved this tour. Our tour guide was a geologist, who was very passionate, and he made the tour that much more amazing. The hike up the mountain was fine for active people, but I would not recommend it if you have any kind of health issue or if you are a smoker. We lost a few folks half... More 

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Bedford
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was the highlight of our trip to New Mexico. I was traveling with my two teenage boys and my Mom. The boys climbed up the mountain like it was nothing. We're from TX so this so yes, we considered this a mountain. It was much more challenging for my Mom who is almost 70 but she made it too... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

After a hike of about a mile in 100 degree weather, we got to the cave's entrance. The cave is very slippery. I think everybody fell in my group at one point or another. The formations and the adventure made it all worthy though. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Republic, Missouri
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98 reviews 98 reviews
34 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

After a moderate hike up the canyon, enter a cave with formations everywhere. The ranger lead tour takes you to several rooms with some amazing formations. Tours are limited with reservations accepted via the Carlsbad Caverns web site. Sign up early to make sure you get your desired tour. National Park Service provides a helmet and headlamp (your AA batteries... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

The hike in, as others have said, is strenuous but fairly short. Definitely a hike to avoid if you're not at least in decent shape although if you're not I expect the rangers would wait for you. Everyone in our group was in good shape so we pretty much all made it to the cave entrance within 30 minutes or... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

This tour was great!! Make reservations at least a day in advance, we had to wait in line the day of and cross our fingers we would get on it. I'm a moderate hiker and found the hike in and out not strenuous. If you have hiking experience it should not be an issue. The biggest problem may be the... More 

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I loved the tour using a flashlight and lighted helmet. The rangers were alot of fun and the experience is one of a kind. The cave is one that was used for mining 50 years ago and never was developed. Yes there is alot of damage, but the sheer numbers of formations here is amazing. Bring along a strong hand... More 

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Providence, Rhode Island
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50 reviews 50 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

A half mile hike up the side of mountain in the desert sun and heat was difficult and this old man felt his age. But the Rangers were kind, supportive and encouraging. The end result was to enter the cave which was wonderful. It is well worth the effort and I highly recommend it but ONLY if you are in... More 

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Utah
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69 reviews 69 reviews
37 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

The hike up was steep but not too bad if you're used to hiking and altitude. One woman in our group had to turn around due to altitude sickness symptoms so I'd say if you're coming from sea level, make sure you have a day or two to acclimate before doing this tour. The tour was informative and very interesting.... More 

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