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Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
Phone Number: +1 575-785-2232
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This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and...

This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and must be visited with a guide.

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I took this tour on Saturday, October 8, 2016, with my 10 year old daughter and 76 year old mother, and we all enjoyed the tour! It was just under 90 minutes long, and so... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 19, 2016
jaimelemer
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

I took this tour on Saturday, October 8, 2016, with my 10 year old daughter and 76 year old mother, and we all enjoyed the tour! It was just under 90 minutes long, and so interesting and informative! Our tour guide, Josh, was probably one of the best tour guides I have ever had on any tour. He was dynamic,... More 

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Sherman, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

This is well worth the money for seeing an additional part of the cavern not available with the general 'Big Room" admission. The Ranger guides you and gives good information of the cavern formations, history, etc. Mad props to our Ranger, Jason. He was very friendly and informative. On the final leg of the tour, where the Ranger turns off... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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71 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

This is a guided tour (you can reserve online ahead of time). But I got a ticket by being there first thing, no problem. You'll take the elevator down with the group (or you could hike down and meet up by the elevators). Lots of good information from the ranger. BUT, you can't stop when you want and look as... More 

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Knoxville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Overall we enjoyed this tour and were glad we did it. That being said, the park combined our 11:30 tour with the 9:30 tour because a ranger called in sick for the earlier tour. Not a huge deal, but it made our tour group size almost unmanageable for one ranger. She did a great job and was obviously very knowledgeable.... More 

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Toronto
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

We went here on a free entrance day during the National Park Centenary so it was a fairly large group taking the tour. This tour involved an additional cost but was worth it. Dan, our guide, did a great job with lots of information. The only negative was during a very important demonstration of the darkness, sounds and varying illuminations... More 

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Pitman, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

We chose to participate in the King's Palace tour since it was the least "primitive" of the extra tours. We were not looking to do a lantern or wild cave experience, so this was the perfect tour to supplement our Big Room Self-Guided Tour. It was very nice to get a ranger's perspective about the caverns. Our ranger guide, Dustin,... More 

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Okeechobee, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

We bought our tickets online prior to visiting the cavern. There are only 3 to 4 tours a day and limited to 50 people. Plus we wanted the last tour of the day so there wouldn't be that long a wait for the Bat Flight. We were fortunate that there were only 15 people on our tour. The Park Ranger... More 

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Cumberland, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

I bought tickets for my family on-line via the National Park Service ticket site (Recreation.gov), but you can take your chances and try to buy tickets once you get to Carlsbad Caverns (the ticket prices are the same, no service fee). I suggest taking the early morning tour because the elevator lines out of the cave get very long in... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

We did the self guided Big Room tour followed by the 2:30 pm Kings Palace guided tour and then hiked up the Natural Entrance.We hiked up from the bottom as that was easier on our knees. This gave us enough time to grab some food and then catch the Bat Flight. Perfect day at Carlsbad.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Anyone going to the Carlsbad Caverns should take this tour. There is much information given to you about the Caverns from the Ranger/Guide. Any questions you have will be answered. It is worth the $8 investment if you are going here.

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