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Bottomless Pit

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Type: Geologic Formations
Description: Pit in Carlsbad Caverns that looks "bottomless" but is actually 140-feet deep.
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Bloomfield Township, Michigan
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264 reviews 264 reviews
80 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I agree, this is not the best part. But it is the part that makes the experience complete & should not be taken for granted.Obviously, you are not going to visit Carlsbad Caverns every day.So I recommend to make it a part of your visit, especially if it is your first visit to Carlsbad Caverns.

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Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
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98 reviews 98 reviews
58 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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131 reviews 131 reviews
130 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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Idalou, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

By the time you get there it's just another dark cavern and not actually bottomless. The early discoverers just didn't have lights enabling them to see the bottom. lol

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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81 reviews 81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

Fun to see, but not as bottomless as one would expect. My poor kiddo walked by it several times before seeing the sign and realizing he was already there.

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Santa Barbara, California
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203 attraction reviews
391 helpful votes 391 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

The "bottomless" pit is just 140 feet deep. It is a big hole that you can't see the bottom. It is a good place to leave the screaming kidsthough.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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66 reviews 66 reviews
45 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

A bottomless pit in name only, it was still pretty interesting to stare into and wonder about. The history of it presented by the audio tour provided some interesting background as well.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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190 reviews 190 reviews
73 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

The stop at the "Bottomless Pit" is just a part of the self-guided tour of The Big Room at Carlsbad. There's no reason for it to have its own heading. And of course people would be dissapointed if they're expecting the pit to be a Big Moment on the Carlsbad tour. It's not bottomless of course / it's about 150... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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236 reviews 236 reviews
93 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

On the way to the Big Room in the caverns, it's easy to stop by the Bottomless Pit, although it does not look like much from the surface as a dark hole in the ground. Still, it's awesome just to be in the caverns and learn about the different structures, formations, and even this Bottomless Pit, here of all places.

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Houston
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10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

We walked all the way to this and were disappointed. You can't see much at all. Not worth the walk if you're in a hurry.

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