Carlsbad Caverns

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3225 National Parks Highway, Carlsbad, New Mexico
Carlsbad, United States 88220
575.785.2232
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Located in the Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico, Carlsbad Caverns is home to the 3rd largest cave chamber in North America and the 7th largest in the world.  This natural chamber measures almost 4,000 feet (1,219 metres) long, 625 feet (190.5 metres) wide and 350 feet (107 metres) high.   The Carlsbad Caverns are a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Visitors arrive by way of U.S. Highway 62/180 from either Carlsbad, New Mexico (23 miles to the northeast) or El Paso, Texas (150 miles to the west). A scenic 7-mile (11.3 km) entrance road leads from the park gate at Whites City to the visitor center and cavern entrance.
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First To Review: Thomas R.
3.0 star rating
Apr 13, 2009
Carlsbad Caverns, while one of our countries most beautiful attractions, is over-crowded. Also, "improvements" made to the site for tourism purposes detracts from the natural beauty and makes the hike into the belly of the earth less... exciting. For those that want to experience the natural formations that is not available on the surface, it is a good trip. For those that crave a little more adventure, I would look elsewhere. Actun Tunich Muknal cave in the Cayo district of Belize is VERY exciting.
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4.0 star rating
Feb 12, 2009
This is a cavern tour. Not the dirty, gritty caving where you crawl around. I prefer the twisting and crawling around, getting dirty. But, as far as caves go, even though its lighted and paved, still very impressive with its massive size and formations. Watching the bats emerge at sunset is pretty cool.
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Apr 20, 2009
I had a great time. Be sure to eat at the cafe near the main gift shop. You can be as adventurous as you want or not. Very wheelchair accessible; there are only a few areas that are out of reach on the main tour.
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4.0 star rating
Jul 2, 2008
This place was awesome. Bats flew out at us as we walked into the cavern. It's slippery and it's some thousands of feet down, you get to ride a looooooooooooong elevator back to the top.
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Jul 30, 2009
A very beautiful place to explore in Carlsbad, New Mexico. It is the second largest cave chamber in the world, just remember to bring your jacket, and eat in the underground cafe ;)
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