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Carlsbad Museum and Art Center

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418 W Fox St, Carlsbad, NM 88220-5743
+1 575-887-0276
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Caverns were WOW!!

Road leading up to the caverns is 7 miles ... along the way we stopped at several road side stops... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Melissa C
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Madison, Mississippi
See the Bats at night!

What an great trip. Be prepared to do a lot of walking up and down. The cave formations were neat... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Kaytay3000
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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“big room” (27 reviews)
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418 W Fox St, Carlsbad, NM 88220-5743
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"bucket list"
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"elevator ride"
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"bats fly"
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"national park"
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"local history"
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"small museum"
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"below ground"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Road leading up to the caverns is 7 miles ... along the way we stopped at several road side stops taking in the views ... there is 1 that you walk a short distance up the mtn and can look down .. what was neat,...More

Thank Melissa C
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Reviewed 5 days ago

What an great trip. Be prepared to do a lot of walking up and down. The cave formations were neat and got some cool photos. We even saw the bats fly out at dusk. Very interesting to see it all!

Thank Kaytay3000
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We have been several times - all experiences are goo. Bats leaving the cave at dusk is a site .... soooooooo many sometime the elevator is not working so if handicapped, call ahead always cool in HOT summer

Thank Bill V
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The drive in the surrounding area to the caverns makes it even more of a surprise when you see them. The story of how they were found and explored was amazing. We only had time to see the "Big Room," but it is a once...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The walk was pretty easy to everyone in our group except for me because I forgot to pack tennis shoes and had to wear flip flops. The views were beautiful walking in but were amazing at the bottom. I am so glad the elevator was...More

Thank Lisagtankersley
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Reviewed May 4, 2018 via mobile

I think I was here 50 years ago... you can just take the elevator (which works now) up and down, but if you can physically walk down steep walkways, do the walk. It's well-lit and safe. Lots of places to stop and sit if you...More

Thank Marjorie G
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Reviewed April 10, 2018 via mobile

The self paced tour was well worth the long wait for the elevator ride both ways. For those who don't want to wait for an elevator, you can walk down to the cave to start your tour. Once you start the tour you can't believe...More

Thank majdad04
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Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile

Not sure how much walking but after 4 miles underground it was so much fun! Our teens loved it. So worth it. I do recommend getting there when it opens because it gets crowded fast. Also hike down and ride the elevator up!!

1  Thank Brandi H
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Reviewed March 6, 2018

It is worth seeing. It is not gimmicky, like with colored lights. It is a very big cavern and a geological site to see.

Thank hatchchilepepper
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Reviewed February 23, 2018 via mobile

Came here as part of a quest to visit as many National Parks as possible. Seeing somewhere that it was a “wonder of the world” also made this a must see for us. We booked the King’s Palace tour for two, for $8 a piece....More

4  Thank Laura K
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vickiemy
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.
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malleyoh
June 25, 2017|
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Response from Sarah P | 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.
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RCLight
May 28, 2017|
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Response from Sarah P | 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.
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