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Bottomless Pit

Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Type: Geologic formations, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Pit in Carlsbad Caverns that looks "bottomless" but is actually 140-feet deep.
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Type: Geologic formations, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Pit in Carlsbad Caverns that looks "bottomless" but is actually 140-feet deep.
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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Coral Springs, Florida
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414 reviews 414 reviews
95 attraction reviews
675 helpful votes 675 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
61 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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
44 helpful votes 44 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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598 reviews 598 reviews
203 attraction reviews
411 helpful votes 411 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
63 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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