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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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Strenuous but worthwhile

The elevators were not working when we visited. Therefore we had to walk down and back up, which... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Toms River, New Jersey
Amazing Place

Hard to imagine the first explorers going in the first time with limited gear and lighting. The... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
+1 575-785-2232
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Reviewed yesterday

The elevators were not working when we visited. Therefore we had to walk down and back up, which we had been advised of before starting. We suggest reading information on the history of the caverns before arriving so you will not need the audio tour...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Hard to imagine the first explorers going in the first time with limited gear and lighting. The scale of this place is mind boggling. Absolutely a must see place. The bat flight is surreal. 20 million + bats swirling out of the natural entrance is...More

Thank metntex
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a wonderful place to visit. It must be one of the most magnificent cave systems I have ever visited. You have the option to hike in through the natural cave entrance, or take the elevator down. We opted to hike in, which I...More

Thank ICTtravler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trek down the natural entrance is a unique experience. The enormity of the caves and the beauty of the walls and ceilings combine to create a surrealistic experience unlike anything you have experienced before. The path is paved and flat, but can have some...More

Thank fllyover
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family visited Carlsbad Caverns during our summer vacation. You have to see it to believe it. The Big Room is incredible. We entered via the elevators. The wait time going down was very short. The wait time going back up was approximately 20 minutes....not...More

Thank dbscpa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Park blew my mind. The intricacy and ornateness of the cave deposits are incredible - popcorn, huge stalagmites and stalactites. I was really impressed with how well-lit features were. It made for some awesome photos throughout the 1.5hour self-guided tour. We didn't pay for...More

Thank Molly K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is incredible to enter the cavern this way! Very steep but a cool experience to slowly walk from one world to another. Excellent photo opportunities entering the cave and then looking back up! I was in a hurry and trying to fit this between...More

Thank arkiekat2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

At just ten dollars entry, this has to be the most incredible value for money sightseeing trip I have ever experienced. The walk down 750 feet into the caverns is steep, so wear sensible footwear and take your time. I was worried that I may...More

2  Thank Angela L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has got to be the highlight of this vacation. I have been before, but it was such a delight to see the expressions on the kids faces on seeing the great wonder of nature. Make sure you enter the Natural Entrance and not take...More

Thank lowemanc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to hike down the Natural Entrance. You enter through the same entrance where the evening bat flight begins. Make sure to stay for that experience! The trail winds down 800 feet of wonder. The temperature is a constant 56 degrees, so consider bringing...More

2  Thank Pat D
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4 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