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Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
Description: This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and...
This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and must be visited with a guide.
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Really worth the extra cost just to hear the ranger.

Loved this tour but.... there were too many people for one guide. With the ranger leading the tour in, you could only hear his comments when he stopped and waited on everyone to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Decatur, GA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Loved this tour but.... there were too many people for one guide. With the ranger leading the tour in, you could only hear his comments when he stopped and waited on everyone to catch up. If you just wanted to see the King's Palace, that wouldn't bother you but his side bar comments were really interesting and most of the... More 

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Germantown, Tennessee
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168 reviews 168 reviews
57 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

My wife and I loved everything about this tour. I had researched the options for reserved tours by reading the latest Moon's New Mexico travel guide and the information posted on the National Park Service website for Carlsbad Caverns NP. I purchased tickets via a link provided on the NPS website. Since we visited here on a very busy day... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Ranger Gary made the tour fun with his stories of Jim White. I wish there was lighting on the trails so you knew where the water was and could go slower to avoid slipping.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I didn't have much choice, since all other tours have been already sold out. So we went for King's Palace tour with few adults and few kids. I cannot compare this tour with other tours, but I'm pretty happy with that one. It's easy, practically everybody can make it. Whole cave is beautiful, so taking a tour is really about... More 

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Friendswood, Texas
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84 reviews 84 reviews
36 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Sign up for the tour. The information that you gain from this to her to a restricted area is very informative and entertaining.

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South Haven, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Totally amazing tour, fairly easy walk. We couldn't take enough pictures! Jeremy our park ranger guide was fantastic! If you get the chance to go, don't pass it up. You will never forget it. Another thing to mark off of my bucket list.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We are so happy after taking this tour It was an amazing experience! The ranger was really excellence guide !!

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The Kings Palace, Queens room and papoose room are part of a ranger led tour and are a good addition to natural entrance and big room tour. Both are ornate and explanations and review of history are entertaining and enlightening. Children enjoy lights out portion of tour. Is not strenuous.

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Overland Park, Kansas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I believe our ranger's name was Jeff (former school teacher). He did a great job, and my entire family enjoyed the tour very much. Out of the natural entrance tour (my favorite), the Big Room, and King's Palace, my husband and 3 kids said they liked the King's Palace tour the best! We took the natural entrance tour in (took... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Buy your tickets online and early! Guided tours take you where general admission doesn't. The formations were amazing and the tour went by quickly with so much to see and learn. The ranger that guided our tour, as well as others we encountered through the caverns, are friendly, knowledgable and helpful. Everything we learned on the guided tour made our... More 

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