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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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Powell River, Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
44 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

If you have minimal time don't take the hike down the natural cavern but take the elevator down and just do the walk around the Big room. The staff on the front desk didn't explain that so we didn't have as much time in the Big Room as we would have liked. It's not to be missed - absolutely spectacular.... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I visited Carlsbad Caverns in September 2013 as part of a tour around New Mexico. We did a loop, stopping in Carlsbad as our last stop. When passing through, the largest draw to the area is the Caverns. It is breathtaking to be among the natural beauty of the caverns in one of the United States' largest... More 

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Zionsville, Indiana, United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This self guided tour is gorgeous. We took our time and had a blast enjoying all of the variety of formations that appear in the caverns. The only challenging part of the huge crowds [even in February] on such a narrow pathway. We had to move aside several times to let people through and taking photos was challenging at times... More 

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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

My family and I decided on a whim to take a trip to Carlsbad Caverns. It is about a two and a half hour drive from El Paso, so you can drive there, visit, and drive back in the same day. However, we decided to spend the night because we got a late start and the entrance ticket for Carlsbad... More 

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Burleson, Texas
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166 reviews 166 reviews
94 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

The cavern loop that goes in and around the Big Room can get crowed. It's best to go early. If you can get there early and be one of the first groups down the path then you can keep to yourself and not be bothered by others. Take plenty of water with you and bring a jacket. If you plan... More 

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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179 reviews 179 reviews
74 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

We love all National Parks and this is no exception! The caverns are enormous and beautiful. We were so thankful for all the hard work of the NPS staff who made it so easy to enjoy the cavern!

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KCMO
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87 reviews 87 reviews
39 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Walk quietly, take pictures galore, explore with your eyes and enjoy the feeling of the largest underground natural room in the USA. Water dripping, cave features, and volunteers working on cleaning mud from water pools were to be found.

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Mobile, Alabama
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The formations are huge as well as the room. Well worth the walk through it. If you are a first time visitor definitely walk through this room.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

Wow. Just wow. I can't even really put into words how amazing this place is. The drive in to the park is a nice change of pace from all the flat land around it. Once you get into the park it's like being in a whole other world. I've been to a lot of great national parks and this one... More 

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Baltimore, MD
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207 reviews 207 reviews
29 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Hard to believe that, in such a big space, we were so far underground. The room itself does not make the experience at the park worthwhile. Only in combination with many other, smaller rooms and features is the park as amazing as it is.

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