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Lion's Tail

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Speleothem Curiosity in the Big Room

One of millions of formations in the Carlsbad Caverns Big Room. It's not the best, but is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lexington, Kentucky
Neat speleothem

In a place with such variety of cave formations, this is another interesting one. The name is... read more

Reviewed May 28, 2017
Denham Springs, Louisiana
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An oddly-shaped stalactite with a pom-pom shape at the end.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of millions of formations in the Carlsbad Caverns Big Room. It's not the best, but is certainly interesting since you're going to pass it anyway. Why this is a separate TA entry from the Big Room is beyond me.

1  Thank Gabe10101
Reviewed May 28, 2017 via mobile

In a place with such variety of cave formations, this is another interesting one. The name is easily recognizable when viewed in the tour. Must have been quite a sight when first identified with a kerosene lantern.

1  Thank LSUTraveller
Reviewed May 12, 2017

We saw this while wandering around in the Big Room. This is just one of many fantastic rock formations in this room.

Thank bcreff
Reviewed April 29, 2017

There's so much to see in Carlsbad Caverns but you can't miss this unique formation. As you're walking around The Big Room Route...there are signs that high-light specific formations...The Lion's Tail is one of them...and ,yes, they look like lion's tails.

Thank Janis H
Reviewed March 26, 2017

I perused TripAdvisor prior to going here so I knew some of the key things to look for. This was fun to see in person and because of the name, was comical to imagine it being a lion's tail hanging from the ceiling. While it...More

Thank Layla W
Reviewed March 22, 2017 via mobile

Another one of the formations along the main route in the caverns. This simple and unique formation can be easily missed!

Thank Geopiggy
Reviewed February 2, 2017

There are signs marking the location of the Lions Tail in the Big Room so you can't miss it. You walk along the trail of the Big Room, see the sign, look up and there it is. Crazy looking stalactite and one of many.

Thank AAHolt
Reviewed December 8, 2016

The Lion’s Tail is a stalactite located near the beginning of the self-guided Big Room tour that looks amazingly like a Lion’s Tail. Located a little past the Giant Dome on the right hand side, keep careful watch to find it as it is best...More

Thank Steve1362
Reviewed November 25, 2016 via mobile

The Lions Tail was one of the most incredible features in Carlsbad Caverns. There are many others as well. This was an incredible half day in the cave.

Thank kmsmolen
Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

Just one of the many spectacular formations you will see on the walk around the big room. It really does look like a lion's tail.

Thank M V
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