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King's Palace

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
Description: This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and must be visited with a guide.
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Lethbridge, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

After touring the Big Room first thing after opening (and having it 100% to ourselves!), we joined this tour at 10:30am. Knowing most tours book up well in advance, we got lucky with several spots still available. The guided tour was a nice follow up to the Big Room...we learned the interesting back story to the caverns and got to... More

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Austin, Texas
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71 reviews 71 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We did this tour on our day at Carlsbad Caverns NP. It takes about an hour and a half. The rooms you see are not open via self-guided tour so the ranger tour is the only way to see them. As with the big room, the formations are spectacular but what makes this tour really worth the nominal cost ($8)... More

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The Woodlands, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We did the 9 am tour on our second day at Carlsbad Caverns. We had already done the Natural Entrance and self guided Big Room tour and wanted to visit a new area of the cave. I am very glad we decided on the Kings Palace tour. The rooms we visited on the tour were beautiful! Our guide, Ranger Phil,... More

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Cincinnati
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a guided tour and worth every penny. Our guide was not only a great storyteller and historian but also intensely passionate about his role as a ranger. The King's Room is beautiful in so many ways. One caution is that the guide will turn off all lights for 2-3 mins on a seated portion of the tour. It... More

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Bartlesville, OK
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is a guided tour and is very easy walking. Having all the lights turned off is a given in any cave tour we've ever been on but it does give you a true sense of total darkness.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This guided tour gives you the best of the caverns, as well as information about the discovery and development of them.

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

The Kings Palace tour is a tour of 4 chambers (Kings Palace, Papoose Room, Green Lake Room and Queens Chamber) in the Carlsbad Caverns. These 4 rooms are, in my opinion, the most beautiful and scenic in the entire cavern. I have been on this tour numerous times and highly recommend it. Having grown up in the Carlsbad area, I... More

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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I tried to reserve 3 days before the tour and it was booked. Luckily there were still some available when we got there so my friend and I were able to go. Such a good deal for $18. So majestic and the tour guide did a great job telling us the history of the caves. Best part of the tour... More

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The tour was not strenuous and the sights were amazing. The tour guide seemed to really be into preserving this landmark, and who could blame him. It's worth preserving. We had the lights turned out on us and it makes you really appreciate sight.

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Galveston
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

As 60-ish with mild mobility issues, I was able to do this tour with ease. (Elevator down, tour, elevator up.) Lots of info from our guide, and we were able to stop and sit a couple of times during tour. If you did the bat cave, or if you have been in other caverns, there is a good deal of... More

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