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Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour
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3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really bad experience for 2 occasions, the first I arrive at 2:50, my kids went to the store, and got back, after that we want to by tickets and they say it close at 3:15 so I drive 1hr and couldn’t go inside, ok my...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found the do yourself tour a bit better than the guided tours. I found guided tours dragged on too long. I have been in many cave systems. I could never figure out why you have to turn the lights out to show how dark...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

This National Park is somewhat off the beaten track as it is so far South in NM. However, it should be on everyone’s bucket list! Most fabulous thing I’ve ever seen! We chose to walk down into the caverns which we highly recommend if you...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 3, 2018 via mobile

These natural wonders will stun you and leave you breathless! One of the most fabulous site I’ve ever seen. I am humbled. I confirm my belief in God.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lolasuejen
Reviewed November 30, 2018 via mobile

Please go! Incredible place. 33 miles of tunnels and amazing underground tours or self guide. So awe inspiring cannot describe !!! Worth a trip to States from UK just to see these... you cannot miss .

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Susanne W
Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

A park ranger suggested I take the elevator down and walk out rather than vice versa. It was 9am. He said later in the day the line waiting for the elevator can be 45 minutes or longer. He was right. I walked out...my FitBit congratulated...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank ClatkB
Reviewed November 15, 2018

My husband did the walk from the top all the way down. I did the walk from the Kings Palace about 20 minutes up. We did all three of the tours available -- the Kings Palace guided ranger tour, the self guided Big Room and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank ConnieBuck
Reviewed November 14, 2018 via mobile

We had a great tour of Kong’s palace ! The tour guide was informative and stories entertaining! The only issue was after the tour Both Elevators were out and we had to walk Up to the entrance! It was a 50 minute hike with hand...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank 146ronc
Reviewed November 11, 2018

Such an accessible place for all ages, able-bodied or handicapped. National Park passes are good here, otherwise about $7 entrance to the huge main cave. You take an elevator 700 feet down. All is well lit and documented. National Park did a fantastic job on...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Jill M
Reviewed October 28, 2018

I didn't really know what to expect on the walk down and it's probably a good thing as I would have most likely chickened out. I am older, not particularly coordinated and out of shape. We got passed up by numerous people but slow and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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August 10, 2018|
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Response from Jerome M | Reviewed this property |
If you have a annual senior national park pass, there is no cost to go into the caverns, other wise buy ticket at the gate.
August 4, 2018|
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Response from sherylsr |
The bats will be long gone by then. Try next summer?
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Is this doable? (3 Replies)
We are trying to see a lot in the short amount of time we have. Do you think we would be trying to do too much (feel extremely rushed) if we did the Natural Entrance and Big Room before the 10:30 Kings Palace Tour?
June 28, 2014|
Response fromCasaAzul|
Yes too much unless you sprint through everything. Save the Big Room for after the Kings Palace Tour.
Itinerary Question: Caverns-Cloudcroft-Space Museum areas (8 Replies)
Planning on arriving at Caverns on a Sat. morning in late Sept. around 9:30AM. We definitely want to do the Natural Entrance walk down into the caverns-then the Big Room. Not sure whether to also do the King's Chamber--what do people advise. We are planning to get on the road after this to continue our tour of your beautiful state. Next destination is the Space Museum near White Dunes (Sunday). Trying to decide what time is a realistic departure timefrom the caverns-then wondering about...More
April 15, 2012|
Response fromMaxRoadster|
You have chosen a great time and location to visit in southern New Mexico, don’t forget your camera! There was a recent news release regarding the entrance bridge and the main entrance to the Caverns as requiring some work, it is scheduled for completion prior to your visit but you may want to check. Having lived not far from White Sands National Monument (the Dunes) for some years I would suggest you prepare for multiple changes in temperatures, layered clothing works best. The Caverns can...More
Framingham, Massachusetts
Caverns were awesome (5 Replies)
Seeing the caverns was really enjoyable. They were much bigger than any I’d been in before. To save time, I initially took the elevator down to the Big Room. After doing the self-guided tour, on the ride back up the elevator the ranger suggested I walk over to the Natural Entrance to see the cave opening. I’m really glad I did. Upon seeing the opening, I decided to head down the switchbacks into the cave and follow the natural entrance back to the elevators. Though the trail is paved, it’s...More
February 13, 2008|
Response fromTet14|
Hi NewMexBound. Missed your 2/2 post (:o( Yes. The Caverns are great and the natural entrance is a must. That steep descent was the best part to us. Have you also been to Big Bend? Has the new visitorcenter opened by now? Thanks for your post! Tet