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Bat Flight Program in Carlsbad Cavern National Park

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We decided after traveling all the way to the caverns we might as well stay for the bats and were... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carlee C
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Best Capstone experience

If you come to Carlsbad, you have to attend the evening bat program. It is not to be missed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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3225 National Parks Hwy, Carlsbad Caverns National, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220-5354
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided after traveling all the way to the caverns we might as well stay for the bats and were so glad we did! The experience was magical... we watched thousands of bats exit the cave in tornado formations. As others warned, they do not...More

Thank Carlee C
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you come to Carlsbad, you have to attend the evening bat program. It is not to be missed. Ranger talks for a little but they all quiet to watch the bat colony fly out in a steady stream. Very beautiful setting. You can also...More

Thank EJoe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s amazing to watch the bats as they nonstop leave the cavern. Thousands at a time. It can take up to 3 hrs for all the bats to fly out.

Thank KathyGoldman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We drove 3 hours and is was worth it. Spent 5 hours exploring the cave and ended the day with this experience. The ranger talk was very informative and educational. The bats coming up out to the natural entrance was amazing and goes on for...More

Thank Jenniferslane
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had to be quiet and no electronics or cameras. The Ranger talked about the bat's until they started coming out. They said 800000. We watched for about 1/2 hr before leaving. Amazing to see them streaming out of the cave spiraling out and up...More

Thank wl79
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really didn't expect to be educated by a Park Ranger while waiting for the bats to emerge. I thought that we would go there and sit and wait in the amphitheater. The Park Ranger is an excellent speaker, very knowledgeable about bats, and very...More

Thank Cyndi M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Unfortunately we do not have any photos of the bat flight because according to the Park service taking photos can interrupt the bats search for food. It was very cool to watch all of the bats fly out of the cave at dusk and go...More

Thank RiceWP
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We saw the bat flight on August 4th, 2018 and even the ranger said it was the best one he'd ever seen. Apparently we hit it just right and this was probably the first flight for all the baby bats which had been born the...More

Thank jrhales77
Reviewed 15 August 2018

Check with the rangers to see what time the bat program starts - changes throughout the summer. Get there 10-15 minutes early to walk down to the amphitheater & get a seat. We brought stadium seats & water & it made the wait more comfortable....More

Thank Miso B
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Everything about the place is awesome, the caves, bats, view and how clean and well kept it is. Everything was perfect,

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26 May 2018|
Response from Bj M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry just saw your question you might check tripadvisor and see if they have a website for the park and you should have an answer. I found it when we went last year that way but don't remember all the facts now
Janelle H
1 March 2018|
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Response from scottcaps | Reviewed this property |
You cannot see the bats while in the cave. The area they reside in is away from the public areas. But, you can smell them if you go in the natural entrance. They do migrate, so check the website for when they are there.