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Review of Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour

Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour
3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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“wonderful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Traveled here with my family and had a wonderful experience. The facilities are wonderfully kept up and the people really seem to enjoy working there. The walk down was not for faint of heart it is a 750ft walk down, but there is an option to take the elevator down and of course you take it back up. wonderfully lit up but cool so wear a jacket.

Visited June 2014
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“Take The Long Way In”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Don't take the elevator. It's fast, but if you are in even somewhat good shape take the long way in. The path is steep with lots of switchbacks but it is not slippery and if you take your time you won't have trouble walking in. Be sure to buy the audio self-guided tour at the gift shop. It is very good about explaining every transition as you move from daylight to the great room. Go early before there are too many people on the path. For some reason there are always those who like to rush past you rather than take their time and look around at where they are. There are bigger caves, longer caves, and deeper caves, but non as beautiful as Carlsbad Caverns. By taking the natural entrance in you pass through the 'twilight' zone and get a complete cavern experience.

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“Unbelievable!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The visitor center is at the top above the caverns so you exit out back on the path to sites you can't imagine. We walked the path all the way down and thank goodness they have elevators for a ride back up. The caverns are indescribable in print. You have to see for yourself to feel the overwhelming wonder. Unfortunately we could not stay to see the bats fly out at dusk. Maybe next time.

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“Spectacular walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

If you love Jehovah's creation , this place is awesome! You can walk all the way down to the caverns and if you get tire you can go back by the elevator. The next day, my legs feels really sore. But it was worth it. It was a good exercise. If you stay until 8:30 pm, you can see millions of bats coming out of the cave. Ah, the gift shop is nice too!

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“The best way to enter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

Entering via this route lets you experience wonder at every turn. You can feel the temperature change as you descend and also note the changing light and smells. It is so much better than riding an elevator straight to the big room.
Walk down and then ride the elevator back up.

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