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Address: Carlsbad Cavern, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
Phone Number: 1.877.444.6777

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Lower Cave Tour

This unique tour is offered 3 times per week to small groups (up to 12?). We booked the tour several months in advance. Two park Rangers accompany the group and explain what is to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
worldgottasee
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This unique tour is offered 3 times per week to small groups (up to 12?). We booked the tour several months in advance. Two park Rangers accompany the group and explain what is to be seen. Our Rangers, Josh and Jeff, encouraged questions and pointed out things that remain mysteries to this day, such as cracked columns - why did... More 

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Davenport, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We had so much fun wandering around for hours having fun & taking in all the beauty hidden underground. It was amazing! Loved it!

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santa barbara
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31 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

we visited this December after Natural Bridge Caverns near San Antonio. The Carlsbad Caverns are. Simply huge! Simply wonderful caverns this big exist 800+ feet under ground. The self guided tour takes a couple hours taking your time. You take the elevators down and walk along pathways in a loop around the caverns. We walked I awe to how huge... More 

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Juneau, Alaska
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is the last tour I did when I went to Carlsbad Caverns. It was about 2-3 hours long and starts at 8:30 am. This tour also had an orientation. The rangers discussed what to expect during the tour. They also provided headlamps and gloves. You need to have batteries with you for this tour but in case you don't,... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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71 reviews 71 reviews
34 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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15 reviews 15 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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209 helpful votes 209 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

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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77 reviews 77 reviews
26 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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