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Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour

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Address: 3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
Phone Number: 575-785-2232
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We visited Carlsbad Caverns in January 2016. Unfortunately the Elevators were down due to repair and according to staff, they will be down for 5-6 months. We walked the entire... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Kissimmee, Florida
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Kissimmee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited Carlsbad Caverns in January 2016. Unfortunately the Elevators were down due to repair and according to staff, they will be down for 5-6 months. We walked the entire cavern and it was absolutely stunning. I would highly recommend visiting this place and taking the pathway to the depths. It is not for the weak at heart as it... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just went to Carlsbad Caverns. Something to note: the elevator is broken. It suffered damage a few months ago and they don't know when it will be fixed. Definitely check on this before you go. Without the elevator working, the only way into and out of the cavern is the Natural Entrance trail. This is doable if you are healthy... More 

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Del Rio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First went here as a child. Next time went with our three children. I enjoy this every time! You need to be in good shape with good shoes to make this trip. Magnificent hike down. Consider eating at the restaurant inside the cavern, and consider paying extra to take the elevator back up!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a nice weekend trip. The caverns are a wonder of the world. This is great exercise for the entire family to enjoy. The only downside is that the elevators are broken and you have to walk in and out of the cave. If you are not in shape it will be a hard walk, back up the steep... More 

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Thank Myra1234
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are opportunities to watch the bats when they come out at dusk, and an extensive indoor museum and a theater. I highly recommend hiking down the natural entrance instead of taking the elevator -- the best parts are on the trail down!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were so impressed by the caves. You cannot be the value of it either. It was $10 per person for two days. We walked in through the natural entrance, then around the big room, and left via the elevator. That took us about 2 hours. We'd love to go back and see it all again. Fantastic!

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Thank leena1991
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The caverns are amazing. We missed the guided tour so we got a self guided tour device. It wasn't working very well so we did not use it. The elevator was broken so we were only able to go 1/3 of the way down. The walk back up was extremely steep. Although we didn't get to see it all, the... More 

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Thank Bethlinda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Carlsbad Caverns were absolutely beautiful! The day we went, their elevator had broken down so we had to hike down 750ft to get inside. The overall tour took about 3 hours. It took about 1hr to get to the mini food court underneath - but there wasn't much of a selection, all they had were pretty much sandwiches and... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove to Carlsbad National park while on the road from Roswell to Las Cruces. It added 3 hours to our journey but it was well worth while. We walked down to the bottom of the caverns and spent a couple of hours wandering around the many caves. The lift is not working, but the paths are very well constructed.... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, the elevators are out of service and apparently have been for several months with more months before operating again. But that leaves you with a much more authentic way to enter the caverns and do the deep descent into an amazing wonderland! You might worry about climbing back up but the grade is easy and almost anyone on two... More 

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