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Carlsbad Caverns Natural Entrance Tour

3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
+1 575-785-2232
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Definitely do this to get into the caverns if you can

The natural entrance is paved, but is wet and steep - not recommended for anyone with knee... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Dark and Big

This is where the bats fly out of at night. There is a big amphitheater in front of the opening. it... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Stewart S
Saint Joseph, Michigan
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3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
+1 575-785-2232
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Reviewed yesterday

The natural entrance is paved, but is wet and steep - not recommended for anyone with knee problems. It took us an hour to walk down from the natural entrance to the Big Room. Note that you must start the natural entrance walk by 2:30pm....More

Thank scottcaps
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is where the bats fly out of at night. There is a big amphitheater in front of the opening. it is a steep and zig zag walk down. not for the weak or delicate.

Thank Stewart S
Reviewed 5 days ago

Well worth the extra time and effort for the natural entrance. Going in that way gives you an idea of what the original cave explorers must have gone through. It took a solid 3-4 hours to take the natural entrance, tour the big room, and...More

Thank Andrew S
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is an incredible National Park. Nothing can prepare you for the experience of doing the self guided tour down through the natural entrance and around the "Big Room". When we visited none of the lifts (or should I say elevators?) were working and as...More

Thank jgalwaysonholiday
Reviewed 6 days ago

I've been to caves all over the world and this one is really special. We did this tour in reverse, meaning, instead of starting at the entrance and going down, we first toured the Big room the climbed up to the natural entrance. The normal...More

Thank JuanOquendo
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was an excellent park and excellent tour. The lower cavern was closed due to the bats sleeping there this time of year, but that is made up by the flight of all the bats at dusk. Also there are trails to drive and walk...More

Thank Bryan C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely a must see. Takes about 3 hours to get to the bottom cool inside the cave take light sweater just amazing 😉. You follow a trail all the way through we did the self guided tour but u have the option of doing a...More

Thank harmony39
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an awesome place this is , unfortunately when we visited the lifts were not working !! So if we wanted to see it we had to walk down on quite steep slopes and even worse we had to walk back up , wouldn't have...More

1  Thank johnsoutham
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the grandest caves in the world! That said, every cave is different, formed over millions of years by different natural forces of different materials. They are as unique as our fingerprints. Carlsbad is immense, with a great variety of formations. It...More

1  Thank Peter P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing experience hiking down into Carlsbad Caverns through the natural entrance. The limestone creates such an amazing array of sculptures. The walk down to the bottom is long but easy, however , the hike back is equally as long but strenuous so make...More

Thank Chris R
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3 September 2017|
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Response from 54justinal | Reviewed this property |
I believe it was a 1.5 mile walk down to where the elevator is. It would be a steep trek back up.
9 July 2017|
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Response from Steve1362 | Reviewed this property |
No, this is not pet friendly. Like all National Parks, a big part of their mission is to protect the natural environment which pets can often stress. Due to the high temperatures in the area, pets are not permitted to be... More
Thomas G
24 April 2017|
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Response from orchestrarocks |
Yes. They have handrails throughout the cave