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Bat Flight Program in Carlsbad Cavern National Park

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It was amazing to see millions of bats flying out of natural entrance of Carlsbad caverns natural... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Roswell, New Mexico
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We went for the bat flight in October, just before they migrate to Mexico. There were over 200,000... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2018
Coldwater, Michigan
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3225 National Parks Hwy, Carlsbad Caverns National, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220-5354
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It was amazing to see millions of bats flying out of natural entrance of Carlsbad caverns natural park

Thank R305POmichaelt
Reviewed 5 November 2018

It was a good concept, but after this long, you'd think it would be better executed. They go to great lengths to ban cell phones and cameras and make people understand how important it is to keep quiet while the bats leave... Then, when the...More

Thank lyall-sarg
Reviewed 26 October 2018

We went for the bat flight in October, just before they migrate to Mexico. There were over 200,000 bats that exited the cave. It took a little under an hour for them all to leave. The ranger gave a talk before they started coming out....More

Thank bairslair
Reviewed 26 October 2018

We ended our day seeing the bats fly. I would recommend you get here first thing in the morning to do the Caverns, afterwards shop and have some lunch or walk the grounds. We had a picnic on the tables provided and enjoyed the view...More

1  Thank luv2rvtravel
Reviewed 22 October 2018 via mobile

We had heard the bats were gone for the year. This was mid-October. We decided to give it a shot anyway despite the rain and cool weather. We were not disappointed. Around 6 pm, the bats started flying. The ranger estimated that we saw around...More

Thank billr488
Reviewed 17 October 2018

never seen anything like it , so many bats you could here the sound of their wings , they filled the sky, they are the most miss understood animal out there , go and learn of there great value to us

1  Thank twodogsba
Reviewed 14 October 2018

The amphitheater built into the hill beside the entrance of the cave is large. A ranger came and talked about the bats, their size, and habits. He also answered question from the visitors and played an instructional game with two people from the audience. One...More

Thank Diane B
Reviewed 12 October 2018

This is a free activity outside of the cave. When we visited the area opened at 5 pm for seating. The walk is pretty easy unless you're physically challenged. The seating is on rock formation, so extended sitting could be uncomfortable. The ranger started his...More

2  Thank Brown_Samantha
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

Exceeded my expectations. They have created a very good viewing area to sit and watch this bat fly. At dusk millions of bats rush out of the depths of the cave to fill the night sky. At times it looks like a black tornado exiting...More

Thank fnct
Reviewed 11 October 2018

I had never seen a bat flight before so this was an amazing show by the bats. The bats actually flew out of the cave earlier than the ranger expected so we didn't hear much of the rangers presentation. No problem, the bats were entertaining...More

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26 May 2018|
Response from RAT1863 |
The trip to Aztec Ruins National Monument is just under 7 hours, traffic dependent.
26 May 2018|
Response from Bj M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry just saw your question you might check tripadvisor and see if they have a website for the park and you should have an answer. I found it when we went last year that way but don't remember all the facts now
Janelle H
1 March 2018|
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Response from scottcaps | Reviewed this property |
You cannot see the bats while in the cave. The area they reside in is away from the public areas. But, you can smell them if you go in the natural entrance. They do migrate, so check the website for when they are there.