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Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour

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Address: 3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Ever since I was 10 years old I have been wanting to come here. My 40th birthday was yesterday and visiting the park today was what I wanted to do. It surely didn't disappoint... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Ever since I was 10 years old I have been wanting to come here. My 40th birthday was yesterday and visiting the park today was what I wanted to do. It surely didn't disappoint. Definately take the natural entrance in. We didn't find it strenuous at all. Yes, there are some parts that are steeper than others, but there are... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are two ways to get to the bottom of the cavern that is accessible to the public. I took the Natural Entrance for two reasons. First because I read that there are things to see on the way down. Second so I could see the path that was first used. Recommend renting for $5 an Audio Guide. This is... More 

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Guilford, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The natural entrance into the cave is a steep 750 foot decent but it is on a paved path with only a few steps (30). You go from seeing by natural light into a transition region then in to the lighted cave. It takes about 1.5 hours to get to the Big Room. Spend plenty of time (at least 2... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The caverns are gorgeous and the lighting and paved trail are very tastefully integrated into the whole experience. This place is a national treasure. The hike back out would be a little tough if you're not in great shape but there are elevators that operate during certain times of the year. Carlsbad Caverns is a must see!

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Midland, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After my fourth visit, Carlsbad Caverns continues to leave me awestruck. A true wonder of nature. Changes have been made over the years to improve access; I hope that the caverns are not too easily accessible as the impact of visitors is evident. Volunteers worked in the big room to remove coins and other objects from pools. Caverns are lit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Something everyone should see. I think the drive in to the park was unique. It is different than the rest of the desert around it. A bunch of hills with cactus and brush. Enchanting and surreal in some ways. Pros The bat flight is worth seeing, even though wet did not see it this trip. It only runs for part... More 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We did the walk down 750 vertical feet looking at the formations. Have strong legs. Have stronger ones if you choose to then walk up [not for me.] After the hour trip down, you can do an additional hour in the second part of the cavern. There's a café down at the bottom along with a few trinkets. The main... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My 20 year old son and I entered at the Natural Entrance on a cool February day. It was steep and I could see how it could be considered strenuous but we didn't have any problems. It wasn't too crowded and we stopped wherever we wanted. After we did the 1 1/3 mile natural entrance tour, we did the Big... More 

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Grapeview, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We have been in many caves over the years but this one tops them all. Entering at the natural entrance really gives you a feel of entering a cave. The trail switchbacks for a long distance as you descend, giving you many opportunities to see how far down you are going. It is much easier to hike down and take... More 

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Sosua, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We did the self guided tour of he caverns. All I can say is AMAZING!. This is a must do. I can't really add anymore. All the formations were well lit and just awesome. If you are in the area then GO. If you are close by the area then GO BObK

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