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Lower Cave Tour

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

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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Paige C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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Orlando, Florida
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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 

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Gaffney, South Carolina
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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 

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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!

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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 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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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 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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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 

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3 Thank Catherine C
Atlanta
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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

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Abilene, Texas
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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 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This unique tour is offered 3 times per week to small groups (up to 12?). We booked the tour several months in advance. Two park Rangers accompany the group and explain what is to be seen. Our Rangers, Josh and Jeff, encouraged questions and pointed out things that remain mysteries to this day, such as cracked columns - why did... More 

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