|An Audience with the King
by Stormy on June 29, 2005
One of the most beautiful tours at Carlsbad Caverns is the King's Palace tour.
It turns out that back in the olden days the King's Palace tour was a self-guided tour, but park rangers discovered that a lot of the tourists would go off the trail and damage formations, sometimes accidentally, some times deliberately. The King's Palace tour is about a mile long. There is a lot of up and down to the trail, but most of the time you forget the elevation changes because of the beauty of the cave. There are just four rooms covered in the tour, but they are huge rooms, the biggest one being the King's Chamber. This part of the cave is also the lowest portion of the cave open to the public at 830 feet below the desert surface. There is a lot of history to this section of the cave, including the filming of the original "Journey to the Center of the Earth". The tour is an hour and a half long and well worth the time it takes. The King's Palace is an extremely decorated area, so make sure you have plenty of film and flash batteries. The rooms are huge, so a good flash is pretty important.
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