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Spectacular: almost overwhelming to your eyes

We spent the whole day at the Park, doing two ranger-guided tours, and finishing off with the Big... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Geoff W
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Whitehorse, Canada
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Incredible - You can't come to Carlsbad without hiking the big room!

Several miles of trails 700-800 feet underground. My kids were tired from the other tours and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
EJoe
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Albany
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The largest cavern in Carlsbad Caverns.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We spent the whole day at the Park, doing two ranger-guided tours, and finishing off with the Big Room. At first we wondered why they said it would take about one and a half hours to go 1.5 miles, but it soon became obvious why...More

Thank Geoff W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Several miles of trails 700-800 feet underground. My kids were tired from the other tours and hiking but we could not miss this.

Thank EJoe
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not to strenuous. Pathways r in very good shape.guve your urself at least an hour just to walk the cave. Worth the walk

Thank bjdeshaies44
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the national park to see the caverns . Time got away from us with the day but we had time to do the self guided tour of the big room. You catch an elevator down 75 floors in 1 minute - then can...More

2  Thank gilljm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My advice is to start as early in the day as possible, wear a really good pair of hiking boots, and enter by way of natural entrance. My feet were killing me because of my poor choice of shoes, but I would not trade the...More

2  Thank Cyndi M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The biggest room in Carlsbad Caverns is something you simply must experience first hand. It is massive and we could not capture the ceiling and floor in any single picture. Whether you take the natural entrance or the elevator, all the paths lead to the...More

Thank PamRoad
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Big Room is the main cavern in Carlsbad Caverns. You can walk down through the natural entrance or you can take the elevator. I'm a fat grandma with a 7 year old so we took the elevator, an experience in its self as you...More

2  Thank newmexjags
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a nine-year-old and a 12-year-old into the big room and they had never been underground before. They were amazed at the beauty of the formations and we’re very interested in how they were formed. Both they and my wife and I had a...More

Thank RiceWP
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Big Room is where you'll find the best and largest cave formations that are viewable from a self-guided tour. The ranger tours go to some other great rooms, but because of vandalism these rooms have been closed off unless you are with a ranger....More

Thank jrhales77
Reviewed August 14, 2018

We did the Natural Entrance hike down to the Big Room & took the elevator up. Unbelievably huge & beautiful!

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Mare55Pa
July 15, 2018|
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Response from Poudre1 | Reviewed this property |
What Lisa S Said plus 3 hours to do the elevator and walking tour and I drove.
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MaryAnneH2
June 12, 2018|
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Response from Poudre1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, ask a Ranger
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Rachel C
April 29, 2018|
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Response from Diane G | Reviewed this property |
If you only go through Big Room, which is what we did, sneakers are fine. It is all paved pathway.
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