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Once in a life time experience

We had been in some caves in other parts of the country and this is clearly far above the rest. We... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bill R
Plano, Texas
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Great place to visit, some spectacular formations and don't miss the bats.

I only had one afternoon so I rushed through the natural entrance path, and spent most of my time... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Stuart, Florida
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The largest cavern in Carlsbad Caverns.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
+1 575-785-2232
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We had been in some caves in other parts of the country and this is clearly far above the rest. We got the last tickets of the day at 3:15 and took the elevator down. We saw the entire Big Room area and were out...More

Thank Bill R
Reviewed 5 days ago

I only had one afternoon so I rushed through the natural entrance path, and spent most of my time wandering around the big room trail, I wish I had an additional hour or two to see all the formations, I'm not a big tour taker...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A friend and I hiked the natural entrance to get the full experience. It was incredible. I can't express the sights we saw, so I included a few pictures. If I were to do anything different, I would bring a flashlight. Lighting was poor in...More

Thank Jeffrey_Browning
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great varied cave that will be like no other you have experienced. Walk down the natural entrance and take a break at the rest station and then take the big cave tour. It will impress you with its beauty.

Thank chadz52
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Carlsbad Caverns and took the self guided tour of the Big Room. We took the elevator down because we had just recently recovered from flu and felt the extra walking would be too much for us. The Big Room Tour is a 1.25...More

Thank Paula M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We did the self guided tour of "The Big Room" and it truly is big. About a mile and a half in one big circle. It is on a nice sidewalk, (some areas can be slippery) There are sign boards along the way giving information....More

Thank saminkc
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Big Room is the focal point of Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Located 750 feet below the Visitors Center, a paved 1.25 mile trail takes visitors on a self-guided tour around this massive cavern room. At 4,000 feet long and 625 feet wide, it's the...More

Thank Inquisitive_Wayfarer
Reviewed 1 week ago

If I had a dollar for every time I heard my husband exclaim, "Oh Wow!, I'l have about $50 in my pocket. The collection of stalactites, stalagmites, falls, and curtains is unlike any we have ever seen. We spent almost 3 hours walking and looking...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in fairly good physical shape, walk down from the Natural Trail entrance vs taking the elevator. The descent is paved with few steps; definitely sets up the visit to the Big Room. This area has wheelchair accessible paths, very well maintained and...More

Thank Brown_Samantha
Reviewed 1 week ago

Not that we've been to that many caves but this was an excellent one. It's a free self guided tour and if you want you can do an audio of the cave. Great experience.

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Response from Poudre1 | Reviewed this property |
What Lisa S Said plus 3 hours to do the elevator and walking tour and I drove.
13 June 2018|
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Response from Poudre1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, ask a Ranger
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30 April 2018|
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Response from Diane G | Reviewed this property |
If you only go through Big Room, which is what we did, sneakers are fine. It is all paved pathway.