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Bat Flight Program in Carlsbad Cavern National Park

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Super cool experience

Although there was fewer bats because of the extreme heat and drought, we did see quite a few of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Amy Y
Great in evening and at sunrise!

This was my second trip to Carlsbad Caverns. The first was over Labor Day weekend going on 2 years... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Farmington, New Mexico
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3225 National Parks Hwy, Carlsbad Caverns National, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM 88220-5354
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Although there was fewer bats because of the extreme heat and drought, we did see quite a few of them. Really interesting experience for our family. We had to turn off our cell phones and remain quiet for when the bats came out of the...More

Thank Amy Y
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second trip to Carlsbad Caverns. The first was over Labor Day weekend going on 2 years ago and now again in mid-June. The cost is free for the bat flight program. The rangers at each of the bat flight programs stressed some...More

Thank LAB20
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is an amazing site to see all the bats fly out of the cave, however, I think the rangers cast a black cloud over the whole experience. The ranger that was giving the evening talk was rude to a gentleman that had a question,...More

Thank carolynl654
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Please be warned - the Park Rangers take the rules for the Bat Flight very seriously. Once the Rangers give their talk and tell you to turn your electronics off, they mean business. I saw a Boy Scout get kicked out because he took a...More

Thank LyndsayLou
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We all enjoyed ourselves so much! Be early, bring rabies vaccine number for pets and take it all in! Enjoy some food too while your there! There is something for everyone and the gift shop is great too! Not horrific on the prices either!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The bats were amazing to see. Park ranger very entertaining with her guitar and bat songs. Loved it.

Thank Stephanie T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The ranger that led the talk was excellent. She dispelled a lot of misconceptions about bats. You leave with a new appreciation for these little creatures. The last time I visited Carlsbad Caverns was 40 years ago. I think I remember the bat flights being...More

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The bat tour is interesting and beautiful to see! It is at dusk and the bats come out when they feel like it so there may be a wait. The park ranger who did our talk was knowledgeable and engaging.

Thank Angela S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The evening we went we did not see quite the display others did. The rangers told us the noise of the audience contributed to a lack of bats. A lot of people brought young children and left and returned several times when their children cried...More

Thank Toni W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't miss the bat flight program at Carlsbad Caverns. It is truly amazing. You will be awed by the number of bats leaving the cave. We were early in the season - first week in May, but say between 1000 and 2000 bats. What a...More

Thank Cheryl S
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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.