Explore the most popular views trails in Carlsbad Caverns National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

best cave I've ever visited!

hiking
21 days ago

I went on this hike on Friday after cave tours in Carlsbad Caverns Natl Park. If you are going to spend the time taking the one way gravel scenic drive I suggest this hike. I did this and part of Rattlesnake Canyon, Rattlesnake is at stop 9/18 and then Juniper Ridge is stop 15/18 so it breaks it up for some nice hiking during the drive.
You follow cairns the whole way and it's a good steady climb, pay attention to the cairns, cacti, and get some nice panorama pics from the top. I also happened to see 5 deer and was able to watch them gallop and hop for about 200 yards out on the ridge, quite a sight.
HUGE winds as I got to the top of the ridge, bring an extra layer!

Your calves might hurt the next day but it's so worth it. the cave just goes on and on. amazing formations all the way. set your camera to dusk/ dawn without flash and the photos turn out great.

Was an awesome experience in this np cave.

quick and easy with a great view

elevator out and trail in its about 3 hours to hike it all

Great desert landscape experience. There is much more to Carlsbad than the cavern.

Pretty easy all through the caverns. The rock formations are spectacular. Definitely a once in the lifetime experience

How majestic!

Mid December trip with a little snow on ground at top of mountain. Gorgeous drive up the mountain. We didn't have the extra hour to walk the path down into cave so we took elevator down. Breathtaking above and below throughout the cave. Historical markers tell you about early explorers! I cant imagine being in there with only a torch or lantern! I highly recommend this amazing cavern.

hiking
10 months ago

Thought this was a beautiful hike. Nobody else was on the trail, and the views were wonderful along the way and from the top.

Simply amazing... like walking on another planet.

Elevator broken, didn't care. Nasty hail storm on the surface. Thoughtful lighting inside the cave.

walking
Sunday, February 12, 2017

Gorgeous cavern!!!!! So many cool spots all over!

another planet

Very Scenic

hiking
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Always a great place to get away to. Wear good tennis shoes as the path can be damp and increase your risk for fall.

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