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Address: Carlsbad Cavern, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
Phone Number: 1.877.444.6777

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Great tour to a less visited part of the NP......

Jason was our Ranger with Lacey keeping an eye on the stragglers :) ! We thoroughly enjoyed this tour to a less visited part of the cave. We even saw "life" down here as Jason... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Kerrville, Texas
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Kerrville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Jason was our Ranger with Lacey keeping an eye on the stragglers :) ! We thoroughly enjoyed this tour to a less visited part of the cave. We even saw "life" down here as Jason found a Cave Cricket and a Horse tail worm for us to see. For older folks, it does require a bit of agility as the... More 

2 Thank Philbytx
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62 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

This tour was rated strenuous, but if you can climb a ladder safely, are in decent shape, and can listen to instructions, you'll be fine. My husband is afraid of heights and was fine on this tour. The climb down and back up the ladders is worth it. We saw cave pearls and parts of the cave that you can't... More 

Thank Paige C
Orlando, Florida
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Not too challenging, my 13 year old daughter and I had a blast on this tour. We were able to see parts of the cave not otherwise seen by the general public, including areas explored by Jim White. There were 12 guests and 2 ranger guides. They gave lots of history and info, and we were both entertained for the... More 

Thank JimMcRV
Gaffney, South Carolina
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

My wife, grandson and myself were traveling from Roswell where we spent 4 wonderful days of sight seeing and tour taking. I had made plans for Carlsbad to stay at the Best Western there. Carlsbad is only an hour drive from Roswell not much farther to the caverns,so we decided to leave early and go on to the caverns to... More 

1 Thank Dennis D
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

This was a *cool* stop, in both senses of the word. We took the elevator down and then did the Big Room loop. My daughter completed her Junior Ranger activity!

Thank matteresa
Manalapan, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016 via mobile

We drove many miles out of our way to come to see the caverns. We were not disappointed. We were not able to do all the walking but what we did was spectacular. The caves are so amazing. The climb is very difficult if you have any walking issues, which we do, so we had to turn around before reaching... More 

Thank marcie C
Overland Park, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

This is one of my most favorite tours I have ever taken! The tour will alter how you view all other caves. To see the cave in its natural state less lighting and up close is beyond amazing. The ranger was such a great educator and storyteller. He also does a great job of keeping every one safe. It is... More 

2 Thank luckyr7063
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Great fun! Here's a few tips: (1) be sure to reserve in advance; the tour will fill up (2) allow 4 hours from start to finish (3) do not go on this tour if you are afraid of heights or have bad balance (4) everything is slippery; my sister wore Vibram shoes and didn't slip at all, so bring those... More 

3 Thank Catherine C
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101 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

we took several guided tours and this was by far the best. It is somewhat challenging getting down there, but well worth the effort. Indescribably great

Thank NatAtl
Abilene, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

As many other people have reviewed, this is WAY beyond the self-guided tour, or even the King's Palace or Left Hand Tunnel tours. This is more than a tour...it is an adventure. There is no lighting installed in the cavern, and the only way you can see is by the headlamp on your helmet that they provide. It makes for... More 

2 Thank Amanda B

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