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Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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+1 575-785-2232
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The largest cavern in Carlsbad Caverns.

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Loved both paid tour and self guided tour. This is an underground fairyland. Beautiful. We also took the little nature walk outside and enjoyed that too. My adult kids walked... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
melmagnus
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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Ventura County Coast, California
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43 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The tour buses pull up at about 10am, so plan to be at the Visitor's center when it opens. There are only two functional elevators at present so unless you are hiking into the cavern through the natural entrance, it's less frustrating if you arrive early. Also, the elevators are why it's worth considering hiking out of the cavern via... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved both paid tour and self guided tour. This is an underground fairyland. Beautiful. We also took the little nature walk outside and enjoyed that too. My adult kids walked down. To steep for us.

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Thank melmagnus
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The big room was awesome! I wish I had just taken the elevator down though. It all starts looking the same until you get to the big room.

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Thank Lando G
Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When one hears Carlsbad Caverns one either thinks of the Bat Flight or large chambers filled with massive formations; the Big Room self-guided tour epitomizes the later and is the one tour all visitors should absolutely take. The nearly flat, partially accessible, trail is just over 1 mile (1.6k) long can be reached via the Natural Entrance Tour or the... More 

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Westminster, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

it is the Big Room and the path down to it that makes this park truly special. We have been there before and loved it each time. I'll attach a few pics as well but find it difficult to describe this adequately. Special consideration needs to be given to the rigor required to enjoy this park. When we were there... More 

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Scottsdale
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a bit of a trek to get here---2 hours + from El Paso, but the drive is amazing and the caverns even more so. It is like you have transcended into another world. The walk down is steep as you go about 800 feet but there are handrails and the beauty is amazing. The Big Room will take... More 

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Thank Katherine W
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I recommend doing a guided tour before the Big Room so that you fully understand the incredible space you're looking at.

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Thank megcb27
Connecticut
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112 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only had a couple of hours to spend at Carlsbad Caverns, but it was still a spectacular visit. After taking the elevator down, we walked through the Big Room for about an hour, turning back on the shorter path that's offered around the halfway point. It was magnificent, and is an easy walk. We also took the elevator ride... More 

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Concord, California
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91 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As big as this room is, it does get crowded even in low season such as Christmas week. It is fairly flat and even wheelchairs are permitted on much of the path. Take your time and enjoy. Look for the spotlights and take pictures.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This room has a huge diversity of great cave formations. Get the self-guide player in the gift shop (they did not inform us while purchasing tickets). It is wonderful to be able to take one's own time on the trail. It all guide-lead tours, we feel rushed. Here we spent 4 hr on this supposed 1.5hr walk, and enjoyed every... More 

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