Carlsbad Museum and Art Center

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Carlsbad Museum and Art Center

Carlsbad Museum and Art Center
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Filmprof
New Mexico396 contributions
Carlsbad Museum and Art Center is NOT the caverns. I'm not sure why there are so many reviews here for the National Park?

What this is, is a nice little local museum, dedicated to Carlsbad and New Mexico. It's divided into two sections, one devoted to history and one to art. There are several well-known NM artists represented (Joseph Sharp, Fritz Scholder), and the history section has a range of material with an emphasis on World War II. There's also a local "hall of fame" featuring people from Carlsbad including Bruce Cabot (King Kong, 1933). It's free and worth an hour of your time.
Written May 13, 2022
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EvyFriend
Tallahassee, FL40 contributions
Friends
The museum had a variety of exhibits to appeal to different interests. Loved the history section including the history section highlighting important people from the area. The gift shop had some nice items at reasonable prices.
Written December 18, 2021
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west73
Atlanta166 contributions
Be sure to book reservations well in advance and get there as early as possible. We arrived at 7:30 in our Motorhome and that area of parking was already almost full. Although you can hike into the Cavern, we chose to take the elevator down. Due to Covid, there are no guided tours so we walked the 1.2 mile loop. It is fairly dark in the cavern and some people were wearing headlights which can be blinding. There is a handrail, which I was glad to use because the ground is not always level and there are some hills. I did see a few people struggling to get through, I am glad we were fairly healthy. There is a good restaurant and gift shop in the building.
Written May 9, 2022
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Sharon T
Minneapolis, MN89 contributions
Get there early if you don’t have a reservation! We went on a Saturday and were lucky enough to get a time to go down into the caverns. Very impressive. Self guided tour, takes a little over an hour. Helpful park rangers down in the cavern to answer questions. Highly recommend.
Written April 16, 2022
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Keith S
Hurricane, UT50 contributions
I have wanted to go here for as long as I can remember. Now at 60 years, I made it. Nice to have one more thing off the list. The bat experience was closed due to the Covid stuff. The cave tour was great. Yes, the walk in was a bit of down hill walking but once in was well worth it. We were both very glad to be able to experience this amazing place.
Written June 25, 2020
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LLwL
Gurnee, IL54 contributions
It was just awesome. Beautiful. Park rangers were around to take questions.
Do the 8:30am departure if you can. No line, cave was wide open, like having it all to ourselves. Go to the Second gift shop - not the immediate one at the cavern elevator exit.
Written May 30, 2022
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FulltimeRVTraveler
Reno, NV320 contributions
Couples
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. It was about two hours with a large group, and a ranger telling us information and corny jokes throughout. Afterwards, we went back up the elevator and had lunch in our truck, the view of the open valley southwest toward Guadalupe Mountains National Park was very nice. We hiked in the Natural Entrance. They said it was steep and they weren’t kidding. If you have bad knees (or one bad knee like I do) be very careful going down. I am still recovering from this walk in two weeks later! The Big Room is excellent, in fact it has all and more than the tour we took. So even if you can’t book a tour, you can see all of the formations in one place on a self guided Big Room tour. However, the information given on the tour helps so much with your understanding and knowledge of this remarkable place that I recommend you do a tour. The King’s Palace is a nicely paced, fairly easy walk, with some ups and downs, but not bad. We visited the book store and gift shop and the visitors center exhibits were some of the best we have seen in terms of quality. This is a great, wonderful, awe inspiring place for families and couples, and if you want to be adventurous, take the Spider Cave hike. My only regret is that we came off season, I will come back later in the year to see the bats exciting the cave in the early evening. I hear that is also spectacular. Another bummer, lodging and RV facilities nearby are either very expensive or not very good quality. We stayed far away and had to drive over an hour to get to the park, one way. This was our least favorite part of the visit.
Written February 23, 2018
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amberv1
111 contributions
Couples
This is definitely a must do once in your life. Add this to your bucket list, you wont regret it! We walked down into the cave and walking down u could just see bats flying around at the cave entrance. Walking down allows you to see the cave formation and bat cave and all the cave has to offer so I recommend walking down if possible. They have hand rails all the way down except for in a few curves and turns. You literally go down walking down 80 stories. The big room has alot to experience and takes about 1.5 hours once you are down there to see everything. It takes about an hour to walk down into the cave once u walk outside into the bat ampitheatre. The hike up takes about an hour which we decided to do for the experience but it is not for the faint of heart! It took us 45 mins going up and I had to stop a few times but pace yourself it can take an hour or longer but using the hand hails going up is definitely necessary. Once inside the big room the temperature does drop and gets a little chilly so it's good to have a light sweater just in case. The entrance fee (green receipt) is good for 3 days. So you can go 3 days in a row if you want. Definitely a must see once in a lifetime experience. Didnt see the bat flight but definitely will next time. The showing was at 8 Pm on 6/30/19 so plan accordingly and get there early to see the bats we heard it get packed.
Written June 30, 2019
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Jeannie W
San Francisco, CA48 contributions
Couples
We have been to caves before, but this is, without a doubt, the most beautiful Cave experience ever. We had seen pictures from other viewers, but going down with our own camera and stopping to see the beautiful exhibits of the stalactites and stalagmites and columns was breathtaking. We used our national Park pass, and did not have to pay an entrance fee. We also went on a Tuesday, and took the elevator down the 750 feet, and we’re the only ones in the elevator.
Written April 3, 2019
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Kim L
Austin, TX171 contributions
Family
If you decide to go to the Caverns, you can enjoy the grandeur of the caves regardless of your physical abilities, however, to fully appreciate the entire caverns in the areas available to the public, you might consider being in good condition! I'm feeling my age today after visiting every step of the trails with my spry kiddos.

We asked what the ranger recommended when we arrived and his recommendation was to take the elevator down and then hike out the natural entrance, so we started out on the elevator and visited the big room, but when we were done with that, there was no line for the elevator, so we went back upstairs to have a shack in the cafe. After that, we walked down the natural entrance and I'm sooooooo glad we didn't try to do that going up! It was a one mile walk, 800 feet down! I was exhausted going down and can't imagine going up!

We had originally planned to spend more time in the caverns, but ended up with time to leave and go to dinner in Carlsbad, so we came back later in the evening for the Bat Flight. I will point out to out-of-town travelers that this can be rained out (and we nearly were!), so don't wait until your last night of your trip to attend this (we did). We were patiently waiting for the bats to take their flight as a lightning storm approached. As the spot at the top of the hill wasn't ideal in a lightning storm, we were only able to stay for about 10 minutes of the flight. It was super cool, though, so I'm glad we got to stay for that. As an Austin resident, this wasn't my first bat flight, even if it was my first "natural area" bat flight.

Couple other notes... you can take all the pictures you want in the caverns (or try, as it's fairly dark, even with the LED lighting), but at the Bat Flight, NO photographs or video recording devices are allowed. You have to turn your cell phone OFF. I know this is hard for Americans, but it is best for the bats (they DO live here) and it forces you to enjoy the moment.

Also, we wore hiking shoes. You could get by with sneakers, but I was glad to have the extra grip on the sole of my shoes. I had a flashlight in my pocket, but rarely used it. Also, bringing layers/long sleeves is a must. Even my "mom, why are you always so cold?" teenager borrowed a spare rain jacket from my bag when he discovered that he forgot his jacket in the hotel. I was very glad I brought my fleece jacket. In July.

I hope you have a wonderful visit!
Written July 10, 2018
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