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A Must See

Do the entire cave on the self guided tour. The Natural Entrance and the Big Room. If you only do... read more

Reviewed November 22, 2018
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must see

One of the wonders of nature, if you are in the area it is a MUST see. Easy to spend 3 to 4 hours... read more

Reviewed November 13, 2018
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Reviewed November 22, 2018 via mobile

Do the entire cave on the self guided tour. The Natural Entrance and the Big Room. If you only do the BigRoom via the elevator you have missed half of the experience. The caverns are nicely lit so really no need for a flashlight. Those...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

One of the wonders of nature, if you are in the area it is a MUST see. Easy to spend 3 to 4 hours, you can walk down of take an elevator

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank veber
Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

We did two tours.. Kings Palace and Left Hand Tour. The left hand tour was by lantern light. It was an amazing experience, but if you can only do one tour pick another one. You see very few formations in this tour. You do see...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

This cave system looks very much like many of the others throughout the state, with the exception of being able to do a self-guided tour, which I've never done before. We were able to enter the cave through the natural entrance, and walk down the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Heather A
Reviewed September 14, 2018

We came to Carlsbad for the caverns, and they did not disappoint! If you're a National Park Junkie.. this is one of the best! Wonderful staff, and everyone was very friendly and helpful! Ranger Dustin, you the man!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Ted B
Reviewed August 23, 2018 via mobile

A little out of the way, but well worth the effort to get there! I took the self guided tour down which took about an hour, plenty of photo opportunities and benches if you need a sit down. The "big room" at the bottom is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

We very much enjoyed our visit to the Carlsbad Museum and Art Center. It has a very informative exhibit on two-dozen or so locals that had an impact in the local community, statewide, and beyond. It's worth your while to stop by and learn about...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Gearoid9
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

I visited this place with friends and had lots of fun. Make sure do not plan to spend night it's very expensive drive 60 miles to stay night.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Ava H
Reviewed August 6, 2018

We went to the museum thinking it was near the caverns, were we wrong. The museum is collection of information about New Mexico and the old west. It was very educational. An exhibit on the bison (not buffalo) was being put up. There was a...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jerome M
Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

Went to Carlsbad caverns and went down into the cave as well as visited the muesum and restaurant there. The hike to the bottom is hard so if you are not in shape you might take the elevator down to the large room. The museum...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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April 5, 2018|
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Response from Lisagtankersley |
We were there last week. We didn't see the bats but the park rangers were tell us to come back for them. Some of the hotel guest said there were thousands, although that may have been an exaggeration.
June 25, 2017|
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Response from 610sarahp | Reviewed this property |
You might be able to see bats in the sky in the surrounding area but check the park website. It should have the times listed where the bats actually start to fly out.
May 28, 2017|
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Response from 610sarahp | Reviewed this property |
I think I saw that, yes some areas are but not all the paths down inside the Cave. There is an elevator that can take you down below. Might want to check the website.