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Description: Pit in Carlsbad Caverns that looks "bottomless" but is actually 140-feet...
Pit in Carlsbad Caverns that looks "bottomless" but is actually 140-feet deep.
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Wish we could go to the bottom!

This was what I was hoping to see when we started on the trail. Who wouldn't want to see a bottomless pit??? It's not really bottomless but when the first explorers entered the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Neenah, Wisconsin
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Neenah, Wisconsin
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73 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This was what I was hoping to see when we started on the trail. Who wouldn't want to see a bottomless pit??? It's not really bottomless but when the first explorers entered the cave they thought it was. Liberty dome is right over the bottomless pit so it makes it seem even larger. Didn't give it 5 stars because you... More 

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Tottenham, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

The whole self guided tour was awesome and you pass by this, so don't worry its not like you will miss it. Tried as I might the pictures turned out blah........ its deep but not bottomless. I'm glad I saw it none the less.

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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

If you can gaze down the pit, you will surely reach the center of the earth. I wish, I was working in Carlsbad to fathom further down.

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Belton, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This is the furthest point of the Big Room. It is a pretty neat site, and there was a great ranger on hand to give us a lot of cave facts. I would rate it excellent, but it is a pretty good walk from the rest area, and not wheelchair accessible. There is a short cut further up the trail... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Of course you can't go down to the bottomless pit, but there is thiis old rope ladder that you see they used decades ago before there were light in the cavern. All I can say is I would never had tried that!!!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I enjoyed it, but really there is no such thing as a "bottomless pit" I did expect it to be deeper than it was. Over all good though

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The first explorers called it bottomless because they couldn't see the bottom at the time. You can see this 140 foot deep pit from the Big Room Tour.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

It just wasn't very exciting...a hole...with a sign that tells you how deep it is. It's on the path so you might as well look in.

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

In a huge underground cavern full of wonders and interesting formations, this 'bottomless' pit just isn't all that exciting, especially since with powerful flashlights the bottom is all too visible. It's a cool stop on the tour, but not the best part of it!

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El Paso, Texas
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130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

It's amazing when I saw this pit. I was wondering why they didn't allow visitors the explore the bottom of the cavern.

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