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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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Walking into the Caverns

Such a great opportunity to walk down to the bottom of the Caverns. I highly recommend walking down - it's so quiet and peaceful. We went early so when we were ready to take the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Gallup, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such a great opportunity to walk down to the bottom of the Caverns. I highly recommend walking down - it's so quiet and peaceful. We went early so when we were ready to take the elevators back up, we didn't run into a line. Be sure to check their website, as the park is periodically working on the elevators. If... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is the best cave tour experience in the United States. We have been to many caves. Jewel Cave, SD; Mammoth Cave, KY; Blanchard Springs, AR; Marvel Cave, MO; all have their special features, but Carlsbad is THE BEST by far. The special experience of being able to go at your own pace on a self guided... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you're worried about feeling enclosed here, don't be (I tend to be claustrophobic). The caverns are huge and a walk way leads you through many interesting formations, shapes and sizes of stalagmites and stalactites. Even a few small pools of water are found through out. It can be chilly in the cavern, so you might want a sweatshirt or... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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Avon, Ohio
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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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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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