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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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Davenport, Florida
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53 reviews 53 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
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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211 reviews 211 reviews
107 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
11 reviews 11 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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78 reviews 78 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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Petaluma, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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