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A Hidden World

This is the most beautiful cave that I have ever been in my life. It will take you hours to explore... read more

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Carlsbad Caverns

About 1 and quarter hours walking down at least 600 feet. Took many pictures and a lot to see... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
jneinast
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Cleburne, Texas
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved that we could tour the cave at our own pace & take as many pictures as we wanted. Fabulous place and memorable experience. Can't wait to go back

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JulianBeads
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Reviewed September 11, 2019

This is a must see cavern. If you have the time, walk down the natural enterance, it is huge. The natural light entering the cavern gives it a distinctive look. But don't worry, the lighting in the cavern is plenty to enjoy the natural beauty. There is an elevator if you dont have the time to walk down. Once you reach the bottom there are restrooms and a cafe/gift shop. Plan on at least 1 hour once you reached the bottom, there are a few trails depending on your time schedule. Temperature is nice and cool at the bottom, you may want to bring a jacket.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed September 9, 2019

I've seen a lot of caverns over the years but this one takes the cake! It was so cool to be able to walk down the "natural entrance" versus just taking the elevator down. It's natural in that you walk down very, very steep switchbacks to get into the cavern, but it's well paved and has handrails. I also liked that they use very low lighting to give you just enough light to see, but also a sense of what it was like before being setup for average visitors. You should take a small flashlight with you, so you can look at the rock formations around you as you go down. Good hiking shoes helps with traction as well. This trail ends up in the "lunch room" area where you can get a bottle of water and take a break. Then you can walk the big room trail. I DO NOT recommend taking small kids on the Natural Entrance route, there were several people who tried to take babies, toddlers, and very young kids and it didn't turn out well for them. Most turned back at the first set of steep switchbacks, one couple with a younger child dragged him crying through the whole hike - keep in mind the crying also ruins the ambiance for the other hikers. Also keep in mind it's a 1.25 mile hike DOWN in the DARK. Take the elevator if you have young kids. The Big Room trail is another 1.25 miles, plan on at least 3 hours to see both trails. There's a good restaurant and gift shop above in the visitor center, I saw that last on my visit.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed September 8, 2019

We arrived at the Park in mid afternoon. Instead of entering via the natural entrance, we took the 800 foot elevator to the Big Room and did the 1.5 mile self-guided tour. After about 2.5 hours, we'd examined every nook and cranny. It is huge and beautiful. The infrastructure is good -- excellent walking path and hand rails everywhere. After checking out the museum (good film on bat echolocation) and gift shop, we picnicked by the car. About 7 PM, we made our way to the bat amphitheater, where it was already getting crowded. While we waited, a ranger spoke, but went silent when the first bat emerged from the original entrance. They come out in groups, swirl counterclockwise and then spill over the limestone to drink from Rattlesnake Creek. Then, each bat will eat at least a quarter of its weight in insects (pregnant females eat their entire body weight). While we weren't close enough to hear their wings beat, seeing them emerge was truly awesome.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed September 4, 2019

Must see park. They have kennels for your dog, just bring your vacination record, cost is $10 and entrance fee is $15. Walk through the can will take two hours and DO NOT wear flip flops.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ron A
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