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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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+1 575-785-2232

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The size is shocking!

We decided to hike down through the natural entrance and take the elevator back up to the visitor center. The hike down took about 45 minutes. It's an easy trek if you're active... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Torrance, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lots to do in the cavern area so plan in advance. The cavern is a great tour - they have cave explorations and bat flights at sunset - My Mom visited this place in the 1950's I had to stop as a memorial to her.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While Carlsbad Caverns is definitely a “5”, and this seems to be what most of the reviews here discuss, the Natural Entrance Tour, the actual subject of this listing, is just okay and pales in comparison the Big Room and the King’s Palace Tours. With the elevators broken (now fixed), we were forced to hike the little over 1 mile... More 

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We decided to hike down through the natural entrance and take the elevator back up to the visitor center. The hike down took about 45 minutes. It's an easy trek if you're active or hike a lot. If not, it's still very doable, just take your time. Maybe bring a sweater. The hike down is pretty dark with dim lights... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a must see. The Caverns are an awesome experience. It took us about 3 hours to go through them You can take pictures in the Caverns. The only advise I would have is that you take a flashlight with you.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Carlsbad Caverns is one of those destinations you must see, hopefully a few times if possible as you will appreciate it in different ways as you grow older. My wife and I visited together last in 2004, a remodel of the visitor center in 2007 adds many interpretative features. This time around we brought our 9-year old, an attempt in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the hike down. It is very steep. If you are not in shape, your legs will be a bit sore the next day (mine were). It was not too crowded when we went. It does take a long time to walk down. I think we spent 2 hours walking down. I don't recommended walking back up unless you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were hugely surprised by how good this tour was, as others had mentioned is as boring, or not as good as the other tours in Carlsbad. We disagree. It's amazing to walk 750' down, and see the changes and full range of variations that Carlsbad has to offer. This walk matched most other tours that we've taken at other... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited Carlsbad Caverns in December 2016. We have the national park pass, so our visit to the cave was free. We did rent a $5.00 sound system as they had numbered spots along the way to listen to. We have been to prctically every cave system in the United States, and to me, this is absolutely... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our second time to the caverns, and it is still breathtaking. Take the Natural Entrance in if you are able. If you have little ones, know that strollers are not allowed in the caves (elevator or natural entrance). The natural entrance is very steep, and walking sticks/trekking poles are not allowed either. Fortunately, the path is well paved... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hard to do justice to how amazing the caverns are. We have been to several around the country and this beats them all! The whole family loved it! If you are feeling brave do the natural walk back OUT....it is a workout but awesome.

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