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Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour

3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Cypress, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Carlsbad Caverns is a gem in a remote area of the country. Near the Guadalupe Mountains, one could make a nice week or weekend out here. The caverns are amazing. The 1.5 mile walk down to the Big Room is challenging but fun. The 1.5 mile walk around the big room is an event you won't forget. This cavern has... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I was very pleasantly surprised by the Carlsbad Caverns. We chose the self guided tour of the caverns and walked down the natural entrance to the caverns. What an absolutely amazing sight at every turn along the walk down the 750 foot (or so) descent. Nature at it's best!

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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great experience if you happen to already be in the area. Not worth the trip for main attraction. Nothing else around for miles and area is experiencing oil boom. Hard to find hotel. Other than that it was great family fun and well worth the time and overall great experience. Interesting and wonderous sites to see. Well maintained and very... More

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Espanola, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

It took a lot longer than we thought to get there, and the trail to the natural entrance was almost a little more treacherous than we expected... but wow, it was a great experience and we're glad we did it. The park rangers were very nice, though we only saw 3 for the entire 2 1/2 mile hike. Glad we... More

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San Luis Obispo, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is an amazing national park. Friendly people, good rates, totally fantastic location. Note - the claim at their website is that you must make reservations ahead and that there is a 48 hour minimum lead time. Do not believe this - if you are there and don't have 48 hours lead, go ahead. There was space for all tours... More

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Basehor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We traveled over 1K miles to see the bat flight but arrived early enough to enter the cave through , the natural entrance before the evening flight. I have been in caves but was not prepared as to how magnificent this place was. 750 feet deep, it seemed like we would never get to the bottom. And as we kept... More

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Slidell, La
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is an outstanding natural attraction with lots of options for seeing the caves. We are early 70's senior citizens in reasonably good shape. After doing both the Kings Palace tour and the self guiding Big Room tour,here are my suggestions: First, take your time driving up the last 7 miles going to the Visitor center. It's a beautiful drive... More

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Brownsburg, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We had done the Big Room tour on the first day we arrived in the area (followed by the bats coming out at sunset) and debated about whether or not to come back the next day to do the Natural Entrance Tour. I'm glad we decided to come back for it. It's a long but fairly easy journey down into... More

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Chanute, Kansas
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I am terrified of heights, but I was determined to do the natural entrance. Once we were actually into the cave, we had railings and my fear was pretty much gone. The path is long, but it is so worth going this way if you can. It is absolutely wonderful. I was so pleased with the patience of others on... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We decided to try the natural entrance after reading the reviews. It was well worth it. The path is pretty steep going down, but there are railings once you cross into the darkness. The path seemed to go on forever, but that was just because of the numerous switchbacks. My fiancé wanted to turn back 5 minutes into it because... More

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