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King's Palace

Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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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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Zionsville, Indiana, United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

You really need to do this tour when you visit Carlsbad Caverns. The geology is spectacular and the ranger led tour will make the experience even more memorable. Our guide was awesome and gave us a nice summary of the history of the caverns and really made us think about the wonder of this cave and it's past. We also... More 

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Green Valley
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing national treasure, a bit off the beaten path but worth going to. Even if you have to travel through west Texas to get there, worth it! We had a reservations which was good because this tour was sold out when we arrived. Long but not strenuous, nicely paved and good handrails for the "ups" and "downs".... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Your have to pre-purchase this tour. It is well worth it. Just be sure you have enough time for the Big Room which is a MUST

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Baltimore, MD
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205 reviews 205 reviews
29 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Wife and I booked a place on a King's Palace tour a few weeks ahead. I had heard that's a good thing to do (both choosing the KP tour and booking ahead). Walked from the natural entrance down to the Big Room and met our guide, who took us through lots of rooms, interpreted what we were seeing and patiently... More 

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Ridgetown
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506 reviews 506 reviews
327 attraction reviews
264 helpful votes 264 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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
19 helpful votes 19 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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287 reviews 287 reviews
103 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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