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King's Palace

Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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95%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
Owner description: This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and must be visited with a...
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
Owner description: This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and must be visited with a guide.
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Ridgetown
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480 reviews 480 reviews
310 attraction reviews
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This was a fantastic tour of Carlsbad Caverns. Our guide (Steve) was wonderful - very knowledgeable, helpful and informative. The King's Palace tour takes about 1.5 hours and costs $8.00 each in addition to the $10.00 cave entrance fee. It is well worth the extra cost. It is not a difficult tour but there are some steep slopes and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Our Ranger's name was Charlie. Very knowledgeable, he made 3 anouncements, about using rest rooms, as it would be 90 minutes back. We had a great tour, lots of information about the caverens. Photography. If you can set your iso up, used 6400, Forget the flash, you lose depth. I took a moni pod that collapsed down quickly. I took... More 

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Houston, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Ranger-led tours sell out quickly, so try to book online if interested in attending. We got there around 9 am and all the tour tickets for that day were already sold out (one of the attendants in the visitor center bookstore said they had 2000+ visitors just the day before)! Luckily, we had booked our tickets online only had to... More 

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Rochester, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I walked the natural entrance, went through the big room tour and the Kings Palace tour in the same day. The Kings Palace tour was by far the most beautiful of the three. These rooms are not nearly as large as the big room, but the formations are more beautiful and because the tour is guided you can learn so... More 

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Dallas
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172 helpful votes 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

very beautiful and well planned out to allow many visitors to easily navigate through the cave. very informative and friendly park rangers

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Juneau, Alaska
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5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is the third tour I did during my visit to the Carlsbad Caverns. Having done Left Hand Tunnel and Hall of the White Giant the previous days, the King's Palace is a nice break for me. It is not even close to strenuous. Just a lot of walking. You go through several rooms with different cave formations. There are... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Especially if you have seen the Big Room already, this will make your visit a little more interesting.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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28 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Besides the self-guided Big Room, this tour allows you to hear stories from a Ranger and to get closer to the action. It was really quite fun and you feel that the beautiful cavern stalactites and stalagmites are even closer to you. Worth the extra cost!

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Ramsey, MN
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Ranger Lee lead our group of about 40 visitors on an interesting tour of King's Palace. He told stories of the history of the cave in a balanced and engaging way, and he included all ages of the group's members. We were with our eight year old grandson, doing a self-guided tour of the Big Room first and then taking... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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53 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Besides the big room, natural entrance, and the left turn tour, we did the King's palace last. If you are going to pick just one ranger led tour, the would be my choice. Great formations that were very impressive. The guide was informative and passionate. Highly recommend!!

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