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“6 Football Fields” 5 of 5 stars
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Big Room
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: The largest cavern in Carlsbad Caverns.
Dickinson, Texas
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“6 Football Fields”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This 'room' is 6 football fields long. I am not sure how wide but well worth the effort to walk the mile and a quarter!

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McPherson, Kansas
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“Must see!! Great time!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This was one if the most spectacular natural things I have ever seen. Would highly recommend to any family as my three year old had a great time. Very cool and a nice break from the heat, as the caverns stay 56 degrees year round. Would give this more stars if I could. AWESOME!

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“Lots to see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We visited the Big Room via self-guided tour, walking down through the Natural Entrance. The walk to the Big Room took us about an hour. It is a little strenuous, not too bad, and has just a couple of spots with low overhead. I wouldn't recommend walking down with small children because there are some ledges that drop a little and also patrons are not allowed to touch anything in the caverns (it's pretty tempting!). The park has done a great job lighting and marking and explaining many of the more unique formations. A ranger stopped to point out a fossil along the path. Once you get to the Big Room, there are different paths you can take depending on how much you want to see. The walk around here is much easier. The formations are impressive, difficult to describe, but definitely worth the visit. We walked the large loop and stopped at a few features, we spent maybe a little more than an hour. Photography is allowed and turns out fairly decent. There is a restroom, gift & snack shop inside the cavern. It is about 55 degrees inside and pretty humid. Shorts were fine, but we wore jackets too. Took the elevator back up. The whole tour took about 2.5 hours then we came back in the evening for the amazing bat flight.

Visited June 2014
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Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
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“Another Must See, Don't Take Short-Cuts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This is what Carlsbad Caverns are all about. The big room has almost all of the iconic attractions. The sheer size of the room and the number and size of decorations are amazing. The lighting is dim, but almost perfect. The knowledge that the lower cave is right below in some spots is chilling.

We had someone near us with a monstrous flashlight, so we had to get away from him (DON'T BRING A HUGE FLASHLIGHT, it ruins it for everyone else). The knowledge that the lower cave is right below in some spots is chilling. I just wanted to keep exploring!

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“No Way You Should Miss It!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

What can you possibly find wrong with one of the natural wonders of the world?

My husband, aunt and young son arrived around 9am and decided to do the self tour, without audio guide assistance. The woman who took our admission and gave us our map recommended that we take the elevator down instead of the natural entrance hike in because it was pretty strenuous and with a four year old, it might have been too steep.

We rode the ranger operated elevator down, and were able to stroll around and look at the awe inspiring caverns and formations at our leisure. There is scenic lighting throughout the cavern which accentuates the natural beauty of the formations while keeping the atmosphere dim like a cave is supposed to be. You just lose track of time wandering around; my aunt found it at times a little disorienting, but nothing to dissuade our meandering.

Back up in the visitor's center, there is a large gift shop with a variety of items that seemed to be a good value, as well as a bookstore and little snack bar/restaurant. We bought several items in the shops, including a miner's hat complete with working lamp for my son!

I can't wait until we can make it back to the caverns and take the natural entrance - and maybe stay to watch the bats! Highly recommend!

Visited June 2014
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