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Big Room

Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The largest cavern in Carlsbad Caverns.
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Type: Caverns/ Caves, Nature & Parks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: The largest cavern in Carlsbad Caverns.

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Peoria, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We toured the entire cavern. Don't miss the Big Room!! The self guided tour is worth the price. Lots of great information.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

It was beautiful and i would go there again amd again. There are so many formations that we felt like we could have started a post card company

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Winchester, Virginia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
56 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

The Big Room refers to the large room at the bottom of the caverns. You can take an elevator down, or hike down through the natural entrance. Give yourself at least an hour to walk through--it's very large and a long meandering walk. Interesting and worth the trip down. There's a restaurant and restrooms with seating to take a break... More 

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Ridgetown
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307 attraction reviews
235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is a very easy but fairly long (1.2 miles if you do the entire loop) walk through this very large and beautiful cavern. You have to be there. Pictures just cannot capture the beauty or the immensity of this place. It is called the Big Room for a reason. You may tour most of Carlsbad Caverns for the admission... More 

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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

Couldn't get over the beauty underground. It was amazing & we went everywhere down below, loved every minute of the MANY hours we spent there.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Easy self guided walk. Could take camera with tripod. Could linger however long you wanted with no pressure to keep on pace with group.

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Beverly Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015 via mobile

I have been to quite a few national parks, mostly in California. I had always wanted to come to Carlsbad Caverns here in New Mexico. I had very high expectations and they were definitely surpassed. No joke, you could actually park several 747s in the space of the Big Room alone! I decided to use the elevator rather than the... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015 via mobile

Carlsbad Caverns should be very special to New Mexicans. When I lived back east, it was about the only thing anyone knew about New Mexico. If that is the case, you could do far worse. It's amazing to see time at work; we humans really can't perceive just how long it took to get the planet to its current geological... More 

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New Haven
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26 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

There is nothing else like this in the United States and should be on everyone's must see list. The caverns are very accessible even some of the caverns are accessible for wheelchairs. The staff was wonderful. The Rangers in the caverns were very personable and friendly as wee the ladies selling tickets and directing you to the elevators. The National... More 

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Rochester, New York
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25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We were visiting El Paso, and decided to take the 2.5 hour drive to Carlsbad, which would an excellent decision. Be careful of the weather in winter, as US-62 is not a snow/ice friendly road. The big room is a large, long tour through the cave, this tour is self guided and takes an hour or two once you get... More 

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