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Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour

Address: 3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife tours, Sightseeing Tours, Outdoor Activities
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Nature & wildlife tours, Sightseeing Tours, Outdoor Activities
Useful Information: Activities for older children

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Peoria, Illinois
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We didn't plan to stop here when we planned our road trip but we are sure glad we changed our plans. We thought we would be here for 90 minutes but ended up staying for nearly 4 hours. It was so interesting! We got the self guided tour and it was well worth it. So interesting and so much fun.... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We hiked our way down to the bottom. Eight hundred feet down. If you're lazy don't do it. It was amazing. A bit scary at times since it seemed my fiancée and I were the only ones in the whole cave!! IT'S HUGE. We were relieved to have encountered a park ranger half way down. DO NOT TRY TO WALK... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Walked the whole thing plus the nature trail before the cave. Well worth it! If you are in the area for a few days buy the three day pass and go back for the guided tours for some intense caving. Do walk the whole thing!

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Our national parks are a treasure and this one is no exception--well worth the trip. You enter through the visitor's center. If you have a national park pass entrance is free, otherwise $10 per. There are two tour choices. You can take an elevator down 800 ft to the Big Room, or hike down through the natural entrance. The hike... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Was a very steep entrance, not for weak knees. Was glad we went to greater appreciate how far down the big room is, but if you are short of time, the big room is much more dramatic in appearance and far easier to navigate.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

After eloping and getting married in New Mexico, on the way back me and my other half decided to stop at Carlsbad Caverns. Not having much expectation and just thinking it would be cool, we bought out tickets and made our way down, via the natural cave entrance (NOTE: if you plan on visiting i strongly recommend you enter this... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

It was a very unique experience to descend into Carlsbad Caverns by walking down the natural entrance. Gives a good perspective of how massiave the actual cavern systems are (we are only seeing a faction of it and already seems so vast!). There were signs along the way as well as rest areas with seats to rest. We didn't get... More 

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clevland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

That is what I thought after the first, second, and third time I visited this most amazing National Park. This is a must visit if you are anywhere in New Mexico and have a day to travel. It is TOTALLY worth the time to get there! Spend 30 minutes in Roswell getting some Alien photos then get yourself down the... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

The Natural Entrance tour is free for people going into the cave. I highly recommend walking down the natural entrance weather permitting. Please note, 70% of the walk is steep switchbacks, so if you have weak knees, you might not want to go. I came to the cave with my wife and 4 year old, I chose to have the... More 

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Leland, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

My wife and I took our three kids and our niece to Carlsbad Caverns because our family has a love of the outdoors. We had just spent 10 days in Colorado hiking, rafting, rock climbing and horseback riding and decided to take a detour to Carlsbad before heading home. We definitely weren't disappointed. I couldn't even begin to put into... More 

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