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King's Palace

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
+1 575-785-2232
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Worth taking the tour

This extra guided Ranger tour was very worth the minimal cost. The Park Ranger was terrific and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
garygn
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Roseville, California
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Extra cost well worth it!

You can only see the King's Palace on the guided tour, and it is well worth the money. It has... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
CO811
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Colorado
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This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and must be visited with a guide.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“ranger led tour” (26 reviews)
“total darkness” (16 reviews)
“great tour” (19 reviews)
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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+1 575-785-2232
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"tour group"
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"big room"
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"natural entrance"
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"green lake"
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"extra fee"
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"hour tour"
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"early explorers"
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"open to the public"
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"tour takes"
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"jim white"
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"general admission"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This extra guided Ranger tour was very worth the minimal cost. The Park Ranger was terrific and told us much more information than we would have picked up just on our own.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

You can only see the King's Palace on the guided tour, and it is well worth the money. It has beautiful formations, and the rangers are very knowledgeable. Our guide, Toni, did a great job giving us an informative, respectful cave tour. We have been...More

Thank CO811
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The ranger tour was a definite bonus, getting to ask questions and learn more about the caverns was worth the extra money and time. Tours for the kings palace fill up, so be sure to buy tickets in advance!

Thank Margers
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Reviewed 6 days ago

All aspects of the room were great. The scenery was beautiful and my grand children totally enjoyed this. This was our favorite part of the caverns and HIGHLY recommend it.

Thank mcbunch
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

King's Palace is a great tour. Rangers are incredibly knowledgeable and are happy to answer questions about the formation of the cavern and some of the features inside. My favorite part was the ranger demonstrating how the original explorers saw. He plunged us into absolutely...More

Thank Jeffrey D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The King’s Palace is a very interesting chamber that sits at the very bottom of Carlsbad Caverns close to 800ft beneath the surface of the Earth. This is only accessible by a Ranger led guided tour, which can be booked online and they do fill...More

Thank JNFII
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This tour takes 90 minutes, but it seems only a half hour has passed. Fascinating history related by the park rangers. Beauty beyond your imagination if you have not been down into a cave before

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Reviewed 7 May 2018

Your $12 entry fee gets you into the natural opening, down the main trail, and into the Big Room. You pay an extra $8 to do the ranger-led tour of King's Palace, as well as a few other rooms not otherwise open to visitors. There...More

Thank krestona
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

My friend and I decided that we wanted to do tours and the only one available was King's Palace (Left hand turn and Lower Caves were all sold out). This tour does cost extra on top of the admission fee, but it is absolutely well...More

Thank mgtcho
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

This does cost extra but it is so worth it. Lasts ~90 mins and is led by a park ranger. You learn a lot about the caverns in general. Very much enjoyed this tour.

Thank Lisa S
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myy365
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I would probably do one each day since you are going to be there two days. However, I also don't see why you couldn't do them both in one day, if the timing works. Just be sure to leave a couple of hours to walk down the... More
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