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Lower Cave Tour

Carlsbad Cavern, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
1.877.444.6777
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 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
65 helpful votes 65 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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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Salt Lake City, Utah
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The Lower Cave tour goes eighty feet below the main public area of Carlsbad Caverns. The tour costs an extra $20 dollars per person and is worth every penny. Tour lasts about three hours and is ranger led. The park service provides miner helmets with a head lamp. You climb down a short rope and three ladders. The ranger rated... More

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Warrington Cheshire
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We visited Carlsbad to see the lower caves - a lift takes you down 18 floors to the bottom in seconds! "Awsome" is the american word for this place the stalactites and stalagmites are weird and wonderful and it is accessible and lighted. I have never seen anything like it - I have vertigo and claustrophobia but I made it... More

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El Paso, Texas
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132 reviews 132 reviews
131 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Don't miss lower cave in your cavern tour. A lot of bizzard stalagmites and stalactites are there. It's a very funny route for hiking.

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