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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  • August 5, 2017
    This immense room satisfied my bucket list criteria. It's an easy walk with formations tastefully lit. They're just gorgeous! The entire walk takes an hour or more but there is a short cut for people....  more »
  • August 4, 2017
    All those things that everyone else has posted about it being amazing, etc - oh, yeah! I just add the "otherworldly" adjective to all that. I rarely walk around in awe, but I did today for hours. - We...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    This is just one of the many areas that are part of the magnificent Carlsbad Caverns. The photographs from the reviews tell you much more than words can. One of the many advantages of arriving early i...  more »

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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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