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Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
Phone Number: 5757852232
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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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If you are already there, do not miss this great experience.

The Kings Palace is a ranger-led tour that leaves from the Big Room. You need to book the tour in advance. Our guide shared a lot of information about how the caves were formed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Del Rio, Texas
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Del Rio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Kings Palace is a ranger-led tour that leaves from the Big Room. You need to book the tour in advance. Our guide shared a lot of information about how the caves were formed and explored. At one point our guide turned out the lights to show what it was like for early explorers. There are inclines and declines. Wear... More 

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Bunch, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

You have to have an extra ticket to go on this tour, but it is "durn well worth it." There are wonderful formations to see, things which you won't see in the other portion of the Caverns.

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Ellisville, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

You can only see the Kings Palace by a ranger-led tour that leaves from the Big Room. We booked the tour in advance and I would recommend this to anyone that wants to take the tour. Our Ranger was great and shared a lot of information about how the caves were formed and explored. At one point the ranger turned... More 

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Thank TwinMom1995
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Don't miss this cave. It's my favorite. Crystal caves in sequoia national park, California,is my second favorite. Go there, too!

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Vancouver
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

Having visited Carlsbad Caverns previously, walking down via the entrance, the King's Palace tour was exceptional. The guide brought new insights coupled with Jim White's drive to share the wonders with all. Highly recommend!

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Marysville, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Take the elevator down below. There are bathrooms and a small snack shop there. The ranger will meet you and take you to the private entry. The trail is smooth, but has inclines, declines and can be wet. There are neat formations to see.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Definitely worth taking some extra time for this - book in advance (I did and was glad - both tours the day I went were totally sold out). Ranger was great, provided lots of information. At one point on this tour, the lights were turned out and we experienced complete darkness - very cool. Definitely less physically challenging than the... More 

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Walland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

This is a separately paid for ranger led tour from the Big Room. Unique and different from the Big Room and the ranger allows you to experience "total" darkness. Fun and reasonably priced tour. Probably needs to be scheduled in advance especially during high tourist season.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Our ranger shared a lot of interesting information about a range of topics, from how the caves formed to how they were explored/adapted for tourism to life in the caves. The tour was very fun, and the "blackout" (turning out all of the lights to "see" the cave in its natural state) was fascinating and moving. The guided tour was... More 

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Thank Elizabeth F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 via mobile

We had a large group and a charming guide, a tall young ranger from Baltimore who was a spelunking himself. He tol some stories which kept our attention. Rode down the elevator with the group. Left the group at the end to hike out the natural entrance, an extra hour of switchbacks.

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