Tour III: The Kings Palace Route

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Tour III: The Kings Palace, Carlsbad Caverns

The Kings Palace Tour is one of the three tours offered at the Carlsbad cavern; for an additional $2.00 you will go on a guided tour of the most decorated part of the cavern. The tour lasts an hour and a half with a professional ranger guide taking you through four highly decorated scenic and breath-taking chambers. Mark, Desire and I pre-booked a spot for the tour the day before. Having arrived a little late in the afternoon, I was eager to go on the general tour of the big room. Mark however had heard about the guided tour earlier and proceeded to ask the assistant at the ticket counter about it. He found out the we could join a tour the next day at about 10:00 am for $8.

Mark and Desire at the underground rest area where the tour begins.
00 per adult. We had already purchased the $6.00 ticket for the big room so we proceeded with the self guided tour after securing tickets for the Kings Palace. We also learned that we could hike down to the cave via the natural entrance, a hike that would take about an hour leading straight down to the underground rest area from whence the other tours started.

The following morning, we awoke at 6:30 in preparation for an early start. We had been told to be at the underground rest area at exactly 9:45 for a briefing prior to the tour. We wanted to hike down, the natural entrance would be accessible by 8:00 am the assistant had told us. We arrived at the visitor center at a few minutes to 8:00 am, only to find that the gate to the natural entrance does not open until 8:30 am. We waited another half hour, we managed coffee and tea, bought Desire a caver hat,  before heading off on the one hour hike down the cave. The drop from the natural entrance to the rest area is 750 feet.
Tour III: The Kings Palace, Carlsbad Caverns.
The lighting in this section is much less making it more of an adventure. the silence is deafening and the temperature sends chills down your spine. As we dropped in elevation, I could feel the pressure on my knees and calves . . . I made it down successfully though. Our tour guide was ready to start his guidance. The visitors were gathered together at the start point . . . we began promptly at 10:00 am heading in the same direction as the natural entrance to the cave. A short distance to the original stairway to the cave, we made another drop down below (about 70 feet below the Big room) to the Kings Palace. Our guide told of the history of the original explorer and of how the explorer managed to convince others to come and verify the existence of the cave.

Africancrab says:
Indeed.
Posted on: Jul 06, 2010
pacificscorpio says:
Caverns look GREAT !
Posted on: Jul 06, 2010
Africancrab says:
Indeed Robyn, I was amazed, in awe. I'm so glad I took Desire with, she had an incredible time too. A true adventure.
Posted on: Jul 06, 2010
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Carlsbad Cavern National Park
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