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Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Don't let the name scare you away from this natural wonder, a dark cave...

Don't let the name scare you away from this natural wonder, a dark cave with no electricity or modern conveniences but plenty of awesome sights including an 89-foot column, a dazzling Christmas tree-like column and a rimstone dam. Guided tours must be booked in advance.

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Best tour in Carlsbad Caverns, after the Big Room.

This was truly an "INCREDIBLE" guided tour. The best one in the park, "IF" you are looking to do something more spectacular than King's Palace, or Left Hand Tunnel. I have not... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
David E
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Corrales, New Mexico
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Corrales, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was truly an "INCREDIBLE" guided tour. The best one in the park, "IF" you are looking to do something more spectacular than King's Palace, or Left Hand Tunnel. I have not done Lower Cave (although wanted to) because the timing didn't fit. See my other review for Left Hand Tunnel. Slaughter Canyon Cave starts with a relatively (moderately) difficult... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

This cave is located about 25 minutes away from the official Carlsbad cavern. You meet your ranger, receive the necessary equipment (bring 3 double aa batteries) and then caravan to the parking lot below the cave. It is a 45 min hike up to the mouth of the cave. It was a cool windy day for us otherwise I suspect... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

Went in late spring, it was a very hard hike up with no shade. Inside cave and going back down were fine. I'm glad we did it. 14 yr old ran up the mountain, but it was harder on me than I expected. Bring several liters of water per person. Very different than big cave and very worth it. No... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Great experience. Actually, every one of the wild cave tours we've taken have been amazing. We recommend them all. This one has a fairly steep-graded hike to the entrance. Tour is listed as 5.5 hours, but a large part of that is orientation, driving to the trailhead and hiking. Still, the time in the cave is over two hours and... More 

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London, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We absolutely loved this tour. Our tour guide was a geologist, who was very passionate, and he made the tour that much more amazing. The hike up the mountain was fine for active people, but I would not recommend it if you have any kind of health issue or if you are a smoker. We lost a few folks half... More 

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Bedford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was the highlight of our trip to New Mexico. I was traveling with my two teenage boys and my Mom. The boys climbed up the mountain like it was nothing. We're from TX so this so yes, we considered this a mountain. It was much more challenging for my Mom who is almost 70 but she made it too... More 

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2 Thank BedfordSoccerMom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

After a hike of about a mile in 100 degree weather, we got to the cave's entrance. The cave is very slippery. I think everybody fell in my group at one point or another. The formations and the adventure made it all worthy though. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Republic, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

After a moderate hike up the canyon, enter a cave with formations everywhere. The ranger lead tour takes you to several rooms with some amazing formations. Tours are limited with reservations accepted via the Carlsbad Caverns web site. Sign up early to make sure you get your desired tour. National Park Service provides a helmet and headlamp (your AA batteries... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

The hike in, as others have said, is strenuous but fairly short. Definitely a hike to avoid if you're not at least in decent shape although if you're not I expect the rangers would wait for you. Everyone in our group was in good shape so we pretty much all made it to the cave entrance within 30 minutes or... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

This tour was great!! Make reservations at least a day in advance, we had to wait in line the day of and cross our fingers we would get on it. I'm a moderate hiker and found the hike in and out not strenuous. If you have hiking experience it should not be an issue. The biggest problem may be the... More 

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