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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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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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Lincoln, Nebraska
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We took the elevator down to the Big Room from the visitor's center and were surprised to see the break area, restrooms, and concessions so well lit. It's a nice transition between the upper level and semi-dark cave. The trail is over a mile, but there are a couple of times where you can take shortcuts. The signage is excellent,... More

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Pasadena, MD
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Other than the cost of the entrance fee if you don't have a National Park Pass (I have a Senior Pass so I get in free) access to the "Big Room" and the self guided tour is free. There are guided tours available with a Ranger for an additional fee. The paved walking path is about 1.5 miles. Lots of... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I am very impressed of the caverns. It is so big and fanstastic. The lightning is great. Very nice done.

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Placitas, New Mexico
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9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Visited Carlsbad back a few years ago when my son was about 7 or 8 and loved it. Went back with my wife who had never been and my now 13-year old son and it was just as great if not better. We all loved it. They recently updated the lighting and it is an improvement. The cavern is simply... More

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Tamuning, Mariana Islands
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We have driven from Texas through New Mexico several times over the years. We finally stopped at the caverns with two teens in tow. It is hard to impress these two young world travelers who have been to Paris, London and Rome but these incredible natural caves put man made art and architecture to shame. Not once in the two... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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28 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Since Roswell was disappointing, I decided to stop in and see this place. Oh I am so thankful I did. What absolute beauty in this monstrous cave. This is the cave by which I judge all others. I have been to caves in (Mammoth Cave) KY, (Colossal Cave) AZ and (Longhorn Cavern) TX. Nothing compares to the size, beauty and... More

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Houston, Texas, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Very easy, wheelchair accessible, and no trip is complete without a visit to the Big Room at Carlsbad. An elevator is available to take you down to that area if you prefer not to walk down. It's a must see!

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My wife and I visited this place when we were kids and thought it was magnificent. We finally decided to experience it together. WOW! I thought it would seem smaller now that I am an adult...NOPE! Just as powerful and breathtaking. Wheelchairs can go to most of the cavern and fun can be enjoyed by all.

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Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Incredible, beautiful, and amazing. If you're anywhere near SE New Mexico, this should be high on the to-do list. Taking the natural entrance down was a fantastic experience, but there are also elevators for those unable to descend (or go back up) very steep and winding inclines. What can I say? It's an amazing place - go! :) We also... More

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