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Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour

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Address: 3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
Phone Number: 575-785-2232
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Hurry! To the Bat Cave!

Upon the entrance of the cave, you will be greeted by the excited chirps of Cave Swallows, as they nest in the upper cracks and divets. The odor of ammonia pierces your nose from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Winkhill, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Coming from the UK (and having nothing this extreme!) we were looking forward to a trip 'below ground' into somewhere as unique as the Carlsbad Caverns when we were passing through New Mexico. In typical, wonderful NPS fashion, the US has managed to make something fascinating and geographically impressive accessible to everyone! The three of us are not exactly what... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Upon the entrance of the cave, you will be greeted by the excited chirps of Cave Swallows, as they nest in the upper cracks and divets. The odor of ammonia pierces your nose from the decaying bat and bird feces collecting at the base. As the darkness deepens, the odors and sounds subside and you begin to realize you have... More 

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Cumberland, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The self-guide Natural Entrance Tour is definitely worth doing. If you're in average shape walking down is very doable (the trail is steep in some sections, but there are hand rails). Walking back up will give you a good workout and you will be sweating even though the temperature is 56°F. Don't be in a hurry and admire the view.... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We hiked up from the bottom as that was easier on our knees. We did the self guided Big Room tour followed by the 2:30 pm Kings Palace guided tour and then hiked up the Natural Entrance. This gave us enough time to grab some food and then catch the Bat Flight. Perfect day at Carlsbad.

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Menifee, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am not the most athletic person, and have taken the elevator down once before. This time, I thought I'd be a bit more adventurous and walk down wirh my husband and young children (7-11). It is an awesome site to see and a bit daunting. 750 feet straight down and a 1.25 mile hike to the bottom. My legs... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I love finding super amazing natural wonders that are better than you can even try and imagine. This cave is amazing! Especially when you think of the millions of years it took to create. I would highly recommend that you schedule a guided tour. This gives fun stories, e.g., the cave was discovered by White because he looked up on... More 

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Thank Sondra W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got there early and not very many people yet. Prices are not bad. We paid $20 for my husband and myself. We entered the caverns wanting to make it all the way down, which we were told by the Park Ranger, it is 80 stories deep. The day we went the elevators were not working so we really only... More 

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Midland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have never been here, this is an awesome place to go. Make sure to wear a light jacket, jeans and comfortable shoes! It is very cool down there. Such a neat experience and should be on your bucket list.

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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Worth the hike down through the entrance for the views on the way. Takes about and hour with another hour for the main cave. It is a well maintained path but has steep slopes (with handrails). An elevator is also available and although you will miss out on the natural entrance, the visit is still worth it. A restaurant and... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took both the big room tour and the King's Chamber tour. When I visited as a child, all of these were guided, now the big room is self guided. It is still fantastic. Our guide was friendly and informative. The sights are beyond compare.

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