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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 3 days ago

Walked in and did the great room. Elevator out. Walk in was about 1.5 miles at a slope, sometimes gentle, sometimes steep. Sore calves next day. My first time was late May, 1964 so bats were in house, this time was February, no bats and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Visited early in the morning because I didn't know how much I would see in a day. Walked down the Natural Entrance and was amazed the time it took to reach the bottom. (Wear good hiking shoes) The Natural Entrance leeds into the Big Room...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank jgemza
Reviewed 1 week ago

When we went the Park was closed due to the Democrat close down but we had been to the caverns before and they are beautiful. But was even better was the 12 mile route that took you through the whole park. It was a dirt/gravel...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Garry T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite the warm day, the cavern was pleasant to cool. Pay the money for the full tour. Relax, soak it in, enjoy it. The formations, are stunningly beautiful and spectacular. It is easy to see why certain formations received a particular name. Go back late...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Doc D
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the Natural Entrance Tour and walked the 800 feet down to main part of the cave and it was wonderful. It is a lot of walking, so they also have an elevator to ride down and of course ride back up. If you...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Wesley T
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is truely a must see location. The drive up tothe top is justwonderful, with a number of pulloff spots. You can walk down to the caverns, about an hour down, or take the elevator down. The tour of the cavern lasts about 1.5 hours,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 9, 2019 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 December 23, 2018

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
2  Thank Nancy T
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
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February 18, 2019|
Response from stork90 | Reviewed this property |
The Natural Entrance was really cool to walk down and through. There are a good number of formations that are well lit, and you think are really neat, but then you get into the main cavern and appreciate just how awesome it... More
January 17, 2019|
Response from Lolasuejen | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don’t know. The best way to find out is to call. But don’t miss it. It’s spectacular! Good luck and travel safe!
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.
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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
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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