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Best trails in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Carlsbad Caverns National Park ranging from 1.2 to 14.7 miles and from 3,651 to 4,566 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Carlsbad Caverns has 117 caves, the longest of which is ove 120 miles (190 km) long. The Big Room is almost 4,000 feet (1,200 m) long, and the caves are home to over 400,000 Mexican Free-tailed Bats and sixteen other species. Above ground are the Chihuahuan Desert and Rattlesnake Springs. Hours vary seasonally. See here for more info: https://www.nps.gov/cave/planyourvisit/hours.htm Entrance Fee All visitors who enter Carlsbad Cavern are required to purchase an entrance ticket, which is good for three days. If you are entering with a pass, please visit the ticket counter for your free admission ticket. Adults (ages 16 and older): $15 per person Children (ages 15 and under): Free

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Map of trails in Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Park information
Acreage:
46766 acres
Contact
575.785.2232
Helpful links
Top trails (8)
#1 - Carlsbad Caverns Nature Trail
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 32 m
Carlsbad Caverns Nature Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Whites City, New Mexico that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiShow more
#2 - Yucca Canyon Trail
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
Yucca Canyon Trail is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Whites City, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#3 - Slaughter Canyon Cave Trail
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 43 m
Slaughter Canyon Cave is only accessible with a guide from the National Park Service. Reservations must be made in advance through recreation.gov, and the cost is $30 per person. The trail to the caveShow more
#4 - North Slaughter Canyon Trail
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 5 h 31 m
North Slaughter Canyon Trail is a 11.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Carlsbad, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primaShow more
#5 - Carlsbad Caverns Highway to Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Length: 14.7 mi
A scenic drive to Carlsbad Caverns. A scenic drive to Carlsbad Caverns.Show more
#6 - Juniper Ridge Trail
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m
Juniper Ridge Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carlsbad, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hikShow more
#7 - Walnut Canyon Trail
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 8 m
Walnut Canyon Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whites City, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used fShow more
#8 - Rattlesnake Canyon
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 2 h 38 m
Please note: Reef Top Circle (Carlsbad caverns scenic loop) access road is closed by the NPS, blocking access to this trail. For updates, please check with the park: https://www.nps.gov/cave/index.htmShow more