We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Bottomless Pit

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
Improve this listing
Got a photo?
Add it.
Type: Geologic Formations
Description: Pit in Carlsbad Caverns that looks "bottomless" but is actually 140-feet deep.
Write a Review

18 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    5
    4
    6
    3
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Greensboro, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bloomfield Township, Michigan
Top Contributor
308 reviews 308 reviews
84 attraction reviews
220 helpful votes 220 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany
Top Contributor
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
El Paso, Texas
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
131 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Idalou, Texas, United States
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Barbara, California
Top Contributor
600 reviews 600 reviews
203 attraction reviews
400 helpful votes 400 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Honolulu, Hawaii
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
46 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
290 reviews 290 reviews
128 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Colorado
Top Contributor
244 reviews 244 reviews
93 attraction reviews
237 helpful votes 237 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Bottomless Pit also viewed

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
 
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
 

Been to Bottomless Pit? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Bottomless Pit, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing