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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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319 reviews 319 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were hesitant to take the natural entrance route into Carlsbad Caverns because we have a four year old daughter and an almost three year old son. We asked a park ranger if it was doable for them and they said yes as long as we took our time. We decided to try it and it was... More 

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Burleson, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We visited family in Carlsbad NM. We planned to go to the cave, but I didn't know that there was an actual entrance that you could walk down into. I thought at this point everyone went down by elevator (which most do I believe). The group of us took the long journey of switchbacks down into the caves. I don't... More 

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We took our children on the self tour and hiked down from the mouth. Two boys 5 and 6. They loved it. Did the junior ranger program. Excellent book of activities. Make sure you get a pencil before you leave the ranger desk. Keeps kids interested and great learning. Elevator out.

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MORENO VALLEY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Spent 3 days here, just exploring the big, easy accessible parts, didn't do a Ranger led tour. Because I got to the Natural Entrance a little late, I got chased into the Big Room by a Ranger around 330, this part closes earliest. So came back next day to see and photograph the area I had to walk through quickly.... More 

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KCMO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our tour of the Carlsbad Caverns last weekend. With a 3 year old and a 6 month old, their parents and us oldster grandparents, a good time was had by all. We prepared well. Since there are NO strollers allowed, we took two kiddie backpacks, a spare regular soft backpack, three cameras and plenty of batteries. You... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

What a spectacular wonder of nature to behold! We fell in love with the caverns, taking our time walking the loop. Spent a 3 hours down there. You wouldn't be able to find these things on your own, so it was fascinating having someone point them out. The ponds are crystal clear, you'd think you could drink from them, but... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Wasn't sure what to expect-beyond words! Everywhere you walk there is a stalagmite or stalagtite more beautiful than the next. The columns are mammoth reaching to the top of the cavern. Such a work of nature! A don't miss on your New Mexico trip!

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Ithaca, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is the second time we have came here. I'm sure we will be back if we are in the area! We really enjoy hiking both up and down, although it is a tiring, strenuous hike. There is an elevator if you tire out and do not feel up to the hike out. There are restrooms both in the main... More 

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papillion
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is a must for cave enthusiasts. The size and magnitude of these caves are awe inspiring. What it lacks in variety of structures it easily makes up for in numbers and shapes. We opted for the self guided tour over the ranger guided and spent over two hours wandering around on our own. Pathways are clearly marked. The elevator... More 

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

You may feel like an ant walking into a dry toilet bowl as you wind your way down the switchbacks of the enormous, gaping entrance! It's just weird and amazing. In November, the birds and bats have migrated south, so the entrance chamber does not stink as it does in summer. Sound is hushed once you get past the entrance,... More 

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