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Lower Cave Tour

Address: Carlsbad Cavern, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
Phone Number: 1.877.444.6777
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Really nice cave tour. Exceeded my expectations. Lots of formations to see up close. Part of the fun is the beginning. A gate off the Big Room leads you to a hole in the cave you probably never noticed. You get gloves a helmet with a light (BRING 3 AA batteries which you can buy in the visitors center up... More

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St. George, Utah
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Rangers were very good on this tour and also very concerned about our safety. Descending down the rope and ladders was done in a very controlled and safe manner from the big room. We saw bats that were entombed in the cave in different manners. The Rookery was an amazing sight and the place where the old Jim White ladder... More

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Cincinnati, OH
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203 reviews 203 reviews
102 attraction reviews
160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The ranger led lower cave tour is a great way to experience Carlsbad Caverns away from the crowds. The number of participants on each tour is limited, so we reserved ahead on recreation.gov to make sure we had a spot. Our tour was co-led by two rangers who talked about geology, climate, discovery, and preservation of the cave. In our... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We took this guided tour the Tuesday after Labor Day and enjoyed our ten person tour group. After a fitting for gloves and helmets, the elevators whisked us down into the caverns. We backed down a sloped rock face via a knotted rope and then scaled down three ladders of varying lengths. Any person of average strength and no serious... More

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Littlefield, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

If you have never been on a guided tour and are kind of leery, you might try the King's Palace first. It's less strenuous with no climbing required but just as enjoyful. This tour is awesome and definitely not for those afraid of heights, darkness, or that are claustrophobic (even though there is no crawling or tight squeezes). If you... More

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Macon, Georgia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
25 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

It was a 3 hour tour with two rangers and 10 visitors. The rope and ladders were a little unnerving at first, but nothing to worry about. If you have average physical strength, you shouldn't have a problem. Rangers were very informative, although we didn't care for the narrative style of our lead ranger. She made the tour a "treasure... More

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Petaluma, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the Lower Cave Tour. Limited to 12 guests with 2 rangers it was a world apart from the Big Cave self guided tour. It is listed as an introductory adventure tour, however it was not difficult at all to use the very limited rope and ladders on the tour. The pathway through the tour... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

After not particularly loving the big room, I was not looking forward to the lower cave tour, but I was pleasantly surprised. The tour starts off walking down a steep slope with assistance of a rope and then down 3 ladders. From above, it was hard to see where the opening in the rock even was! Our guides then led... More

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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Worth the tour price? Debatable… At the beginning you climb down a couple of easy to navigate ladders, then it is pretty much an easy walking tour from there on out. The temperature is a steady mid-50’s (like the rest of the caverns). Recommend a light jacket unless you think mid-50’s is swimsuit weather. They provide you a helmet and... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Out of the 3 guided tours and one self guided bigroom tour with audio rentals ( well worth the $5) we didnt really enjoy this tour that much. Tour guides were friendly, but didnt really appreciate the extra time spent being treated like children in a classroom talking about "our favorite adventures" instead of just taking us on the tour... More

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