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Big Room

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
+1 575-785-2232
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unlike any other cave I have ever seen

This is the one tour that you have to take; others are optional. But try to go early enough so that... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
David F
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San Francisco, California
Big Room

The big room was amazing!! There was many, many different types of formations. Getting down there... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
lexienielson722
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St. George, Utah
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The largest cavern in Carlsbad Caverns.
  • Excellent88%
  • Very good10%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“own pace” (24 reviews)
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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+1 575-785-2232
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is the one tour that you have to take; others are optional. But try to go early enough so that you do not have to wait forever for the elevator back up.

Thank David F
Reviewed 4 days ago

The big room was amazing!! There was many, many different types of formations. Getting down there takes a while but once you're there it is worth it. After you go around the big room you might be ready for a snack. Well good luck for...More

Thank lexienielson722
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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. It able to walk or be wheeled very far.

Thank avakianj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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 did the paid King's Palace tour...More

Thank Swimfins
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 is that you are ahead of the large crowds,...More

Thank Highlander022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The kids had never been in a cavern before, to say their minds were blown was an understatement, Kids under 16 are free so its friendly to the family budget, Parking is also free... no cell service in the immediate area, until you almost leave...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

All my my 10 ten year old daughter could say was "this is astounding!" It was definitely an amazing experience. The big room is HUGE and takes about an hour to do the self-guided tour. There are lots of formations and there are displays along...More

Thank Kelli H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I have been to Carlsbad Caverns a couple times over the past 33 years. The Big Room is always fascinating. The temperature was 57 degrees but we did not need a jacket. I guess the humidity made the cave feel warmer. In...More

Thank M J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Natural Entrance and Big Room - A wonderful stroll down into the depths of the cave. Yes it is a long walk, but all down hill and it gets you in the mood by passing more and more impressive formations. By the time you get...More

Thank bransom_13
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Words and pictures can not describe our journey in the Big Room-Getting the audio guide is a MUST!!!!This is a self guided tour- go at your own pace- everything is labeled for lots of information- all you have to do is click on the correct...More

Thank barbiewalker72
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patrick r
1 February 2017|
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Response from lswight | Reviewed this property |
Maybe. Call ahead to make sure.
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Wendy B
3 August 2016|
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Response from JeffreyHville | Reviewed this property |
I think any issues with claustrophobia would depend on the individual and the seriousness of their own phobia. I can tell you that inside the Big Room there is more extremely large open spaces to content with, rather than... More
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abhiyada
19 May 2016|
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Response from TwinMom1995 | Reviewed this property |
The walk from the Natural Entrance to the Big Room is about 1.25 miles. The path is all paved and takes you down a 750 foot descent into the cave. It is steep but not a difficult walk and there are some places to stop and... More
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