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Big Room

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
+1 575-785-2232
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"Big room" sets big expectations

The name "Big Room" sets you up for something bigger, but it's still pretty beautiful. The Big Room... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
San Francisco

Huge cave amazing a must see place. Bathrooms and food at the bottom of this cave as well. Trails... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tampa, Florida
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The largest cavern in Carlsbad Caverns.
  • Excellent88%
  • Very good10%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
+1 575-785-2232
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The name "Big Room" sets you up for something bigger, but it's still pretty beautiful. The Big Room is at the end of the hike, so by then you're pretty excited to have finally reached it.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Huge cave amazing a must see place. Bathrooms and food at the bottom of this cave as well. Trails are long and beautiful. There is elevators but we choose to hike up and down. Steep and good workout. Elevator wait times can be hours.

Thank jbk2003
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't touch formations, so future generations can enjoy what you are seeing. The room is HUGE and filled with many formations including, of course, stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, columns, and draperies. Give yourself two hours to wander and enjoy.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We flew to and stayed overnight in El Paso because it was less expensive and only a 2.5 hour drive. I feel like it's really important to read as many reviews on this place as possible as there are quite a bit of tips to...More

Thank Lo S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was the last self guided tour we took after the natural entrance, kings palace and left hand tunnel. It blew us away! When they say big room they mean it. It's huge. The formations of Calcite, gypsum stalactite are unique and inspiring. Even the...More

Thank Arch L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is as awesome as it’s cracked up to be – the ‘Big Room’ is truly something to behold! However, we were even more impressed with a Cavern tour we took earlier in the week near San Antonio, TX (Natural Bridge Caverns). That being said,...More

Thank CCMH
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The highlight of Carlsbad Caverns. A must see if you are in the area or driving I-10 and have the time Obviously the caves are out of the way for normal travelers, but if you can make the time, do so. This self guided tour...More

Thank txbenton4
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It's amazing the sites you will see in the Big Room. It's definitely worth taking the longer route to take it all in. The kids really enjoyed seeing all the structures. The water looks so pure.

Thank kwells32
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

As I stated in my review of the natural entrance to the caverns- truly one of the greatest natural wonders in the world- I include no photos because pictures cannot begin to capture the majesty of what nature has created. Simply a must see. By...More

Thank czar13653
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

Carlsbad Caverns is so neat and definitely not something you’ll see everyday! The visitor center is large and has 2 gift shops and a little restaurant. You can take an elevator down into the Caverns or hike down (about a mile, you drop 750ft). Once...More

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Kathy M
9 January 2018|
Response from K416 | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think so .
patrick r
1 February 2017|
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Response from lswight | Reviewed this property |
Maybe. Call ahead to make sure.
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