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King's Palace

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
+1 575-785-2232
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Ranger Led Tour

You must sign up in advance for this tour and can do so online, which I recommend. There is a small... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chris L
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Amazing Tour

After visiting Mammoth Cave a few years ago, I learned that I needed to reserve a cave tour BEFORE... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Saint Charles, Illinois
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This area of the Caverns contain the most stalactites and stalagmites, and must be visited with a guide.
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good19%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
+1 575-785-2232
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You must sign up in advance for this tour and can do so online, which I recommend. There is a small fee. Our ranger was Katie and she was phenomenal; puts her own wonderful spin on the Caverns; the history and the beauty of the...More

Thank Chris L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After visiting Mammoth Cave a few years ago, I learned that I needed to reserve a cave tour BEFORE I arrived at the cave! My husband and I did the King's Palace Tour. This is a ranger-lead tour and takes about 1 hr 45 minutes...More

Thank Chitownchristmasgirl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife took this noon tour when we first arrived at the Cavern. It takes 45 minutes to walk down, or the elevator line might be long, so plan accordingly. We arrived at 11:00 and had just enough time to join the group. With about...More

Thank avakianj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is absolutely worth the pittance they ask as an admission price, especially since you get to see "extra stuff". Our Ranger guide, Catherine, was fantastic. She knew her stuff and was a great presenter! We did it before touring the Big Room and her...More

1  Thank Swimfins
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have the senior passes so we get in free to all the National Parks-- but the King's Palace tour we paid for-- worth it--Our Ranger was very informative- explained everything- in detail- about 50 people in our tour- for almost 2 hours we took...More

Thank barbiewalker72
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Kings Palace is a fairly small area but it is filled with beautiful decorations, straws and draperies. This is a guided tour and the rangers are very informative. Be prepared to have all the lights extinguished so everyone can experience the total darkness. This...More

1  Thank Texast3
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The ranger was very professional and knowledgeable. He kept a great pace and seemed excited about the cave and his job. You could tell that he was really a student of the cave. We loved learning the history and the geology of how the cave...More

Thank heidi h
Reviewed 8 July 2017

This tour will take you through many rooms and show you lots of great formations. The paths are paved, wide, and have handrails. The guide was very patient and informative. Flash photography was allowed and make for some great shots. You can enter from the...More

2  Thank 2014psr
Reviewed 5 July 2017

The Best Cave Formations in the main cavern of Carlsbad Caverns are in the King's Palace and adjacent rooms on the King's Palace tour. You must have advance tickets to participate in this Ranger-Led tour. It's not accessible on your own, however a few features...More

2  Thank Gabe10101
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

We arrived at Carlsbad National Park early in the evening to catch the Bat Flight, after the ticket counter had already closed. I think it closed at 5PM. However, the Information desk was still staffed with Rangers, and one kindly told me about the King's...More

Thank Rebecca M
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21 June 2015|
Response from Ben B |
You can purchase tickets at the Visitor Center, at the desk on your right when you walk in.