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Big Room

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The largest cavern in Carlsbad Caverns.
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Denver, Colorado
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

I was fortunate enough to experience this with my 9 and 13 year-old sons, and their sense of wonder and awe at the Caverns is a counter-point to all of the complaints about the younger generation. The Big Room is beautiful and nearly impossible to comprehend. If you only see five sights in the world in your entire life, Carlsbad... More

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Sudbury, MA
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19 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

Okay, it's a pain to get to Carlsbad but the caves are well worth the trip. We've seen quite a few caves in the US and Europe but the Big Room is quite unique. As you walk the loop the scenery keeps changing in amazing ways. We spent about three hours doing the self guided tour and were a bit... More

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Hohenburg, Germany
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

We went for a day trip and it was awesome. My kids were so impressed. It truly is Something everyone should see once in their life. I prefer to walk in the natural cave opening but if you have kids who may get tired there is an elevator which does not take long even if you have to wait in... More

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OLYMPIA
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94 reviews 94 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I are really impressed with what the Park Service has done with Carlsbad Caverns. Age has taken a bit of a toll on us and we can't walk like we did in our 20's, but we still have the desire to see things. With the elevator to the big room, the railings on the main trails through... More

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We visited the Carlsbad Caverns the third week in March of 2014 and it was amazing. We walked in through the Natural Entrance, which is about a mile walk down into the cavern. The 1 mile walk down into the cavern really enhanced our ability to appreciate the caverns--I am sure that taking the elevator down is nice too, but... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

After reading lots of reviews, I may have had my expectations built up too much. Parts of the cave are beautiful but a lot of it felt very touristy. I went on a slow day but were lots of people blocking the path. It actually felt more like being in a line at a Disney Park than a national park.... More

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Poplar Bluff, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We had lived in the area when our kids were small but moved away. We came back to CCNP for spring break this year because they were old enough now to be able to appreciate this wonderful place. The park was very busy and crowded but the staff had everything set up and getting tickets and into the cave was... More

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

For many years this was national park that I wanted to visit. After hearing great reviews I had high expectations for visiting the caverns. They were all exceeded with breathtaking formation after breathtaking formation. Take your time and savor the delights of this natural site. Despite the fact that the cave is 56 F a light jacket is more than... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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110 reviews 110 reviews
24 attraction reviews
200 helpful votes 200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We had a tour arranged and the day before we took it, we headed out near the end of the day and took the elevator down, walked the great room loop and just made the cut off time for the walk up through the natural entrance. It is a steep hike back up, but worth the effort. The natural formations... More

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The Woodlands, Texas
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This part of the cavern is a must see, thus the elevator and the easy pathway on it. Our kids enjoyed the audio tour wand that gives more information about different features in the room. We hiked in the natural cave entrance, which I suggest doing (even our 4 year old did it and still made the mile long trek... More

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