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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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Certainly worth the physical effort

We used this as the start to our tour, and we are certainly glad we did. The Natural Entrance is breathtaking, certainly something that you will never see again in your life. A... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We used this as the start to our tour, and we are certainly glad we did. The Natural Entrance is breathtaking, certainly something that you will never see again in your life. A few hints that we were glad we knew, this hike is strenuous, but it is doable, the hike is nice, although very much downhill, but easily paved.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Amazing - breathtaking! We arrived pretty late in the evening and took the elevator down to the main path - big room. We had enough time to walk through at a nice pace and see the entire big room. It's just incredible. We thought about sticking around for the bat talk and flight - but we were also road weary... More 

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Rowlett, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Do not take the elevator down! you will miss so much. The entrance is grand - you don't want to miss it. The birds flying around add to the experience as you walk down the entrance. It is a lot of walking a steep grade. Take most of your photos here at the entrance because once you are inside it... More 

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Harrodsburg, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

A national treasure! You must make a point to see what is truly remarkable. The crystalline structures are like snow flakes no two alike. Your imagination does not even come close. Would have liked to see the bats exit the caves.

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Valdez, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Carlsbad is generally considered a tourist trap, but its a tourist rap for a reason! It is not to be overlooked. The caverns are a great break from the heat or a good place to stretch your legs during a long drive through the desert. The natural entrance is almost all down-hill, so it is not particularly difficult and good... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The only bad part of getting to the Caverns is there is not a good sign at the entrance road to get to the caverns on the main highway. There are some run down looking buildings at the entrance but no National Park sign until you drive up an unmarked road several hundred feet off the main road Hwy 180.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Great experience. I definitely used my hiking boots and with this kind of decline you want excellent traction as he floors are wet. If you don't do any other tours wearing jeans and a T shirt is enough. But if you plan to tour the Big Room (at the bottom of this 750 foot tour and adjacent to the underground... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We inadvertently walked over 5 miles while touring this cave system because we were so in awe of the natural formations. It was spectacular! We walked the Natural Entrance, the Big Room and did the King's Palace guided tour. The tour was great since there is a "black out" moment during the guided tour to help impress the darkness of... More 

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League City, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We visited this beautiful park with our 7 year-old twins, and opted for the natural entrance starting at 8:30 a.m. The descent was steep, and it took us about an hour and a half to get down to the restaurant area. We were all exhausted, and sweating, even though it was cold - It's very damp and humid in the... More 

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

You can take an elevator down or you can walk the Natural Entrance and I'm so glad we decided to walk. You miss so much if you take the elevator so if you have the ability and the time I recommend walking. It took my husband and I about 45 minutes to walk down. It is very steep and I... More 

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