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King's Palace

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
+1 575-785-2232
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Take the guided tour - but you must call in advance!!

We were very fortunate to get a couple of tickets for the King's Place guided tour, since it almost... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Annandale, New Jersey

We really enjoyed our ranger led tour of Kings Palace. All the formations are gorgeous. I took... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Donna T
Corona, California
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This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and must be visited with a guide.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
+1 575-785-2232
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very fortunate to get a couple of tickets for the King's Place guided tour, since it almost always requires advance reservations. Travelling off-season has some advantages! The tour was spectacular, the ranger leading our small group was great, entertaining, and enthusiastic about caving....More

Thank tridcod
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our ranger led tour of Kings Palace. All the formations are gorgeous. I took photos without flash and most came out great. I appreciated learning about the Caverns' history from our guide. Wear sturdy shoes on the tour and bring a light...More

Thank Donna T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour has many interesting things to see. I really enjoyed the history and the darkness at one point of the tour. Definitely worth the money and great to do towards the beginning of the caverns experience.

Thank arkiekat2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You'll understand why they call this spot King's Palace as the formations do look regal in appearance as well as resembling kings and queens. The awe the first groups must've had when they actually lit this area of the caverns is easy to grasp. The...More

Thank Tom L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

By all means take this tour. You can reserve a space on line. We were there when it wasn't busy so had a small group and it was lead by a very great gentleman who knew all the history of the caverns.

Thank E M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been on the King's Palace tour twice and loved it both times. This year several children, as young as 5, were on the tour and they enjoyed it as well. The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. I particularly enjoyed when she turned the...More

1  Thank sarahstree
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed this tour immensely. The rangers must also as ours was a wonderful storyteller. Always nice to finally be told a way to remember the stalagtites are held "tight" to the ceiling! I like when they can combine facts with interesting tidbits that bring the...More

1  Thank texaslake
Reviewed 12 August 2017

You must sign up in advance for this tour and can do so online, which I recommend. There is a small fee. Our ranger was Katie and she was phenomenal; puts her own wonderful spin on the Caverns; the history and the beauty of the...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 8 August 2017

After visiting Mammoth Cave a few years ago, I learned that I needed to reserve a cave tour BEFORE I arrived at the cave! My husband and I did the King's Palace Tour. This is a ranger-lead tour and takes about 1 hr 45 minutes...More

Thank Chitownchristmasgirl
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

My wife took this noon tour when we first arrived at the Cavern. It takes 45 minutes to walk down, or the elevator line might be long, so plan accordingly. We arrived at 11:00 and had just enough time to join the group. With about...More

Thank avakianj
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11 September 2017|
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Response from sarahstree | Reviewed this property |
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
20 June 2015|
Response from Ben B |
You can purchase tickets at the Visitor Center, at the desk on your right when you walk in.