Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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  • The Bar Flight at Carlsbad is fantastic. We sat in the beautiful amphitheater and listened to the Ranger for a half-hour talk about myths about bats. We would have preferred to hear facts about bats b...  more »
  • This was such a cool experience to see! Must see if you are visiting the caverns! It is worth it! We went near the end of October and there were still a ton of bats! It went on for a good 25-35 minute...  more »
  • What an amazing experience! The sights one sees while walking through the cavern are indescribable. Must be seen in person! When you go, make sure you stay for the bat flight at sunset. Seeing thousan...  more »
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  • Tour these caverns if you ever get a chance. I've never seen anything like it. Before visiting you'll want to put on your walking shoes and build up to walking 4 or 5 miles in a few hours because you'll be spending hours underground to walk through these caverns. The bathrooms in the cavern are surprisingly decent. The elevator lines are long for going down in the morning, and then are long for coming back up in the evening. If you walk in/out of the caverns it's much more enjoyable. Pay a little extra and take the King's Palace guided tour - it's one of the better parts of the cavern and the only way to see it is with a guide. Get there early and be prepared to spend most of the day here. It's not a place you want to drive to at 2 in the afternoon and expect to do your visit justice.
  • To of the mountain you enter in shorts and t shirts... Deep inside the caverns you freeze. It is excellent. If you like the original James Mason movie "journey to the center of the earth" .. it was filmed here. Visit for a great experience to remember and remember...A coat :)
  • Must see. Stunning walk 750 underground through limestone caves. Ambient lighting and spectacular natural features make for a memorable experience. Kids will love it too. Visited the day after Christmas and though it was a bit busy, the line for the elevator moved fairly quickly.
  • Went here this past summer. Just an amazing place. Truly awestruck by the immensity and the beauty of it all. Be prepared to do a lot of walking, but well worth it. Watching the bats at night was an awesome sight.
  • Gods creation never fails to disappoint. Make sure you go down the natural entrance. You will see most of what the cave has to offer on the self guided tours. We also did the kings palace ranger guided tour. I would not do it again but you did see some cool stuff. It was over dramatic and took longer than it should have. We got there at 9:30 and left at 4:30.

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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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