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Big Room, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Explore Big Room, the largest cave in Carlsbad cavern, in a self-guided tour of the natural limestone formations, stalactites, and stalagmites. You'll see Bottomless Pit, Giant Dome, Rock of Ages, and Painted Grotto. For quick access to the cave, enter the visitor center, which has elevators to the cave. Rent an audio guide here to learn about the geology, formation, and history of the cave, as well as the specific sites. For a longer and more challenging walk to the cave, take the natural entrance route, which covers a 228.6 m (750 ft) descent via switchbacks. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Big Room and many more Carlsbad Caverns National Park attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Carlsbad Caverns National Park vacation route planner.
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Where to stay in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The only option for sleeping within Carlsbad Caverns National Park is to grab a free permit and pitch your own tent in the backcountry. You can, however, find a handful of places to stay in White's City, which sits at the park's entrance. Here you'll find campgrounds, a few economy hotels, a couple of dining establishments, and other entertainment options. About 40 km (25 mi) up the road, the small city of Carlsbad offers more choice for accommodations. Hotels here tend to show their age, but most are clean.
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  • The big room is the biggest cave in North America. The walk is about 1.6 miles of paved mostly level walkway. Strollers are not allowed. Wheelchairs can only access about 2/3 of the trail. You are all...  more »
  • We spent a Sunday morning at Carlsbad Caverns. I'm really glad I followed the advice of reviewers with TripAdvisor...go EARLY! We arrived right before 9am and left right before noon. There was a very ...  more »
  • Lots to see. There are bathrooms at this level for those who have hiked in and might need them. If you are sensitive to the damp and cooler temps bring a light sweater or something.  more »