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A tour worth more than a king's ransom

This tour should be 2 hours instead of 90 minutes in order to allow the visitors to really look at... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Diane B
Fairview Heights, Illinois
Spectacular formations worth the extra planning and admission

We visited during the off season, only one tour per day was offered at 10 am. The meeting point... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and must be visited with a guide.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
+1 575-785-2232
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This tour should be 2 hours instead of 90 minutes in order to allow the visitors to really look at the fantastic scenery. The ranger did a fantastic job talking about the formations and the history of the caverns. The King's Palace and Queen's Palace...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited during the off season, only one tour per day was offered at 10 am. The meeting point was in the cafeteria near the Big Room. That gave us enough time to walk down from the Natural Entrance trail. Our ranger gathered us up...More

Thank Brown_Samantha
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great ranger led tour of the King's Palace. Ranger was very informative and entertaining. The tour was at 10 am in the morning and lasted about 1 1/2 hours.We had made reservations weeks earlier and with senior discount it was only $4 each. Highly recommend...More

Thank Jane_A60
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We signed up for the 10 am tour 3 months early. There were 34 folks on this tour which was 90 minutes long and conducted at a very easy pace. Our guide Ranger Laurel was fantastic. She was extremely entertaining very humorous and packed in...More

Thank pasweet
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were glad we booked this inexpensive tour. We purchased our tickets online about three weeks in advance and were glad we did as it was sold out the entire weekend. We did the 10am tour so we were able to do the Natural Entrance...More

Thank Carlee C
Reviewed September 8, 2018

This is a paid guided tour. Very inexpensive and worth it. Our guide was very knowledgeable and didn’t rush anyone. Give yourself at least 2 hours. Definitely a must seee. Pathways r very good condition. There r some very steep areas to climb up on...More

Thank bjdeshaies44
Reviewed August 14, 2018

I went to the caverns for two days. On the first I self toured the big room and the second I did the King's Palace tour. Both were excellent. Ranger Rick was great.

Thank Heather D
Reviewed July 28, 2018

Taking this tour is great as it is supplied with a ranger who helps understand the formation of the features in the cave. He was very informitive and gives everyone more knoledge about this wonderland .

Thank Robert C
Reviewed July 13, 2018

This was an ok tour. We've been to all of the major caves in the US and this tour was just ok. We really enjoyed walking in the natural entrance and the walk down. Seems like this tour that we bought separate tickets for, just...More

Thank carolynl654
Reviewed July 10, 2018

King's Palace tour is done by reservation only, so sign up before you go. It is not as difficult as some of the others but do make an advance reservation to be able to go when you want. Ranger Rick was a great guide and...More

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September 23, 2018|
Response from Carlee C | Reviewed this property |
Yes, every participant gets to carry their own lantern, you actually get to pick if you want to carry a small or large one, but everyone in our group picked large. The walk back up is steep with many switchbacks and we... More
September 10, 2017|
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Response from Judy G | Reviewed this property |
I would probably do one each day since you are going to be there two days. However, I also don't see why you couldn't do them both in one day, if the timing works. Just be sure to leave a couple of hours to walk down the... More