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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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Nice tour.

You can only see the King's palace on a guided tour. The ranger was good and gave a lot of interesting information. It costs extra money above the entrance fee, but overall I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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287 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

You can only see the King's palace on a guided tour. The ranger was good and gave a lot of interesting information. It costs extra money above the entrance fee, but overall I enjoyed it.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This excursion, led by Mark, was an excellent introduction to the caverns. Mark gave a great explanation of how the caves were formed. He also pointed out the various features of caves that would be seen in most of the other caverns. He gave a good history of the discovery of the caverns and dramatized for us what it must... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Enjoyed about a one-mile ranger guided walk through a series of large and smaller cavern rooms. At times, people at the end of the group could not easily hear the ranger's commentary. Recommend smaller groups, such as 30-40 max. Timing: Friday morning in early May. Reservations made ahead of time: Yes, about two weeks earlier. Noticed that Saturday tours were... More 

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Decatur, GA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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57 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
37 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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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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