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Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
Phone Number:
+1 575-785-2232

This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and...

This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and must be visited with a guide.

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I recommend following this with the Big Room self guided tour the next day. It's about a 90 minutes and overall easy but there is a long upward walk at the end.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I recommend following this with the Big Room self guided tour the next day. It's about a 90 minutes and overall easy but there is a long upward walk at the end.

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Odessa, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour is by reservation only, and is ranger-led. Our guide, Chris, told us that the King's Palace used to be part of the self-guided tour, but too much handling by tourists was damaging to the formations, so the rooms were closed off in the 1990s. Now, it is a paid, ranger-guided tour, and totally worth the price, which is... More 

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Oklahoma City, Ok, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The King's Palace tour is an extra charge on you entry into the Caverns but certainly worth the price. It is located 80 feet beneath the Big Room, It is only seen by those on the tour so if your going at a busy time make reservation ahead of time which you can do online. You see 4 different chambers... More 

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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This amazing ranger-guided tour, starting at the rest area/lunchroom which is reached by the elevators or Natural Entrance Tour, covers 1 mile (1.6k) in 1.5 hours and takes one another 75 feet (23m) deeper below ground, to the deepest point open to the public, as it takes one through the highly decorated Papoose Room, Queens Chamber, Kings Palace and Green... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I took this tour on Saturday, October 8, 2016, with my 10 year old daughter and 76 year old mother, and we all enjoyed the tour! It was just under 90 minutes long, and so interesting and informative! Our tour guide, Josh, was probably one of the best tour guides I have ever had on any tour. He was dynamic,... More 

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Sherman, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

This is well worth the money for seeing an additional part of the cavern not available with the general 'Big Room" admission. The Ranger guides you and gives good information of the cavern formations, history, etc. Mad props to our Ranger, Jason. He was very friendly and informative. On the final leg of the tour, where the Ranger turns off... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is a guided tour (you can reserve online ahead of time). But I got a ticket by being there first thing, no problem. You'll take the elevator down with the group (or you could hike down and meet up by the elevators). Lots of good information from the ranger. BUT, you can't stop when you want and look as... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Overall we enjoyed this tour and were glad we did it. That being said, the park combined our 11:30 tour with the 9:30 tour because a ranger called in sick for the earlier tour. Not a huge deal, but it made our tour group size almost unmanageable for one ranger. She did a great job and was obviously very knowledgeable.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We went here on a free entrance day during the National Park Centenary so it was a fairly large group taking the tour. This tour involved an additional cost but was worth it. Dan, our guide, did a great job with lots of information. The only negative was during a very important demonstration of the darkness, sounds and varying illuminations... More 

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Pitman, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

We chose to participate in the King's Palace tour since it was the least "primitive" of the extra tours. We were not looking to do a lantern or wild cave experience, so this was the perfect tour to supplement our Big Room Self-Guided Tour. It was very nice to get a ranger's perspective about the caverns. Our ranger guide, Dustin,... More 

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