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Big Room

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Caverns/ Caves
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The largest cavern in Carlsbad Caverns.
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Peterborough
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

As a kid, I heard about Carlsbad Caverns and always wanted to visit so this was an absolute treat. Words do not adequately describe the formations. The walkway is wide so there is plenty of room to linger and take in all the details. We visited on a weekday in May which may have accounted for fewer people. The elevator... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is the most amazing national park I have ever been too. From the moment we began our walk down into the cave (which I highly recommend vs. elevator) I was in utter amazement! I felt as though I was entering a whole other world. Almost like if I could keep going I would be in the movie Journey to... More

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Austin, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

The Big Room is hard to describe in words. It's really even difficult to convey with photos. Visiting is really the only way you will understand how amazing this site truly is. We opted to ride the elevator down into the cavern (a short 3 minute ride). I was glad we chose this option, as the walk around Big Room... More

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Cincinnati
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

From the moment we began our descent on the walking path down into the cave until the moment we exited the elevator after being in the caverns, we were blown away. The cave formations were breathtaking. I highly recommend the walk down into the cave versus riding the elevator both ways. The departure of all surface life and into the... More

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Chanute, Kansas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This living cave has beautiful formations. The paths are fairly easy to walk for most physically able adults. Benches and other sitting areas are available. Handrails are useful. The lighting is dim - give it a bit for your eyes to adjust. This room is absolutely huge!

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

After visiting several parks in Texas and New Mexico and sweating all day with many applications of sunscreen, this was a fantastic change! We spent 2 hours in an underground wonderland, walked 2.5 miles (about half of it down hill and the rest relatively flat) in 56 degree temps. It was amazingly refreshing and oh so beautiful! I struggle with... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Absolutely amazing. I've been to numerous caves throughout the country and nothing compares. Also, if you need to use the restroom there are ones by the elevators down in the caves.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We found the Big Room tour truly amazing. Took the Natural Entrance down. Really gives you perspective as you go lower and lower into the cave. Fairly steep though and can be tough on the knees. Took us about 45 minutes to an hour to get to the bottom where there are restrooms and a snack bar plus the start... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Takes about 2 hours/2 and a half hours to do it properly. You hike downwards one mile vertically in around an hour, spend some time looking around the caves bottom and catch an elevator (or walk if you're crazy) back up. So beautiful and people should definitely take the time

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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Lots to see and I recommend buying the audio with it to learn about each structure. Takes about an hour and a half and well worth it.

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