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Bottomless Pit

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Owner description: Pit in Carlsbad Caverns that looks "bottomless" but is actually 140-feet deep.
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Type: Geologic Formations, Outdoors
Owner description: Pit in Carlsbad Caverns that looks "bottomless" but is actually 140-feet deep.
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Dallas, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Bloomfield Township, Michigan
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378 reviews 378 reviews
91 attraction reviews
461 helpful votes 461 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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132 reviews 132 reviews
131 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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
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

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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87 reviews 87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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599 reviews 599 reviews
203 attraction reviews
405 helpful votes 405 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
53 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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319 reviews 319 reviews
142 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 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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