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Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Pit in Carlsbad Caverns that looks "bottomless" but is actually...

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
Snowflake1211
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Neenah, Wisconsin
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Del Rio, Texas
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188 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went here as a child, and returned with our three children. As a child, the box lunch available at the restaurant in the cavern big room included an orange. The big thing, that was encouraged by the restaurant staff and the rangers, was to toss the orange into the black darkness of the bottomless pit. When we took our three... More 

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Thank djfluth
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105 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

My daughter and I drov from California to see this cave as well as other southwestern National Parks. Attempts at getting a good photo of this one failed.

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Thank Pam B
Marysville, Washington
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329 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Look deep down and you can't see the bottom while on the self guided tour. Enjoy your trip to Carlsbad Caverns.

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Thank western u
Houston, Tx
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30 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

This was an area that was so deep and because you have very little light, you can not see the bottom.

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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73 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 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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85 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 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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Thank Travis M
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Thank nitin-the-moti
Belton, Texas
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 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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Thank Buzzard92
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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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Thank Mery C
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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