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Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
Phone Number: 5757852232

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 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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Cumberland, Rhode Island
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Cumberland, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank HowieTraveler
Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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.

Thank John-UTAZ
Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Debb607
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is s separate tour provided by a park ranger and makes for a great add on to the Big Room. You meet up by the lunch area of the Big Room. You then embark on a guided tour of the Kings Palace. What I think makes this special is that your have a guide which explains how special this... More 

Thank Sondra W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tour was definitely worth it. You got to see even greater natural beauty than what was offered on the self-guided tour. Ranger Paul was an excellent guide. He led a humorous informative tour. A highlight (pun) was getting to experience the cave in total darkness.

Thank NHite_traveler
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Youngest age allowed on the tour is five, so I was a little worried about taking my wiggly five year old diabetic. No worries at all. The tour kept a good balance between moving and stopping. There's enough light to check blood sugars and do what you need to do. Great stories from our tour guide. The cave is a... More 

Thank Caleb S
Mansfield, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This tour costs extra, but it was only $20 for our family of four, and it was totally worth it. Much like the Big Room, it was easily accessible for nearly everyone. But having a Ranger guide us for our 90 minute tour made for a much more enjoyable experience. If you have the time, take this tour. I recommend... More 

Thank David B
San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour guide was friendly, informative, and willing to answer any questions! The caverns were beautiful and totally worth the trip. It lasted about 2 hours and was great for any age. Our group was only about 15 people which made it much more enjoyable. The tour can accommodate around 50 people, the group that was entering the kings palace... More 

Thank ewall19
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Words cannot describe how awesome our experience was at Carlsbad Caverns! First I should mention that we arrived at the park behind schedule. And the staff treated us like VIP's to make sure we made it to our tour on time. I'm talking, they brought us to the front of the line, opened up a separate elevator for us, and... More 

Thank CaliiCaroliina
Redwood City, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

I was looking for an easy enough tour that did not involve any crawling or enclosed spaces. This fit the bill. A nice easy walk that did not involve any steep paths, although there were some steps. I think it was about an hour in length. The only thing that I found aggravating was getting stuck behind people who kept... More 

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