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 hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 72 feet Route Type: Loop

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

paved

views

no dogs

NOTE: The trails to explore the caverns, including the "Big Room" require an entrance ticket. For more information, please visit the following link: https://www.nps.gov/cave/planyourvisit/selfguided_tours.htm

hiking
2 months ago

It is an amazing walk through this cave

walking
2 months ago

Very amazing and cool and it is pretty cold down there.

2 months ago

Amazing, and self guided. If you're ever in West Texas go to Carlsbad Caverns.

hiking
3 months ago

Highlight of the entire cavern is walking the natural entrance down. Stunning.

hiking
4 months ago

It's a nice cave system. The cave has a lot of unique formations that you won't find in any other cave. Defiantly enter through the natural entrance. You can take the elevator out, so you don't have to make the hike out.

hiking
4 months ago

The natural entrance is totally worth it! And the big room is incredible!

hiking
4 months ago

It was so crazy to be 750ft below the surface in the beautiful mystery world.

Definitely take the Natural Entrance down. Went on the King’s Palace tour which is well worth the $7 or $8. I volunteered to be the person bringing up the rear of the tour group which was great because I could hang back and have some ‘people free’ time in each room to take some video without anyone in the shots.

hiking
fee
5 months ago

Highly recommend seeing this cave. Plan on spending the whole day. King’s room tour was great. Hope to get back in the warmer months to see the bats.

hiking
5 months ago

Make sure to take the natural entrance down rather than the elevator for the full cavern experience!

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty straightforward. Lots of people typically. Straight down into the early, looking at rocks in the dark. Size of Caverns is impressive

hiking
8 months ago

This is the best thing to do and see in the Carlsbad area ❤️

hiking
8 months ago

Going down into this Cavern is amazing! Well marked, paved path with hand rails down for 1.25 miles to get to the main Cavern. Single path loop around the big Cavern (1.25 miles) with dim lighting throughout. There are regular restrooms (flushing toilets!), gift shop with drinks and snacks in the main Cavern and an elevator back up to the top. Allow 3 hours to complete because you stop to admire so much!!! Loved it :-)

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike! Unreal cave! Did the Kings Room tour then did the self guided walk around big room and a bit more. Highly recommend getting down there!

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome hike. Definitely otherworldly especially after many hikes in the sand, sun and heat in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. We took the Natural Entrance trail down to the bottom of the Caverns(750 ft) walked around the 'Big Room' on our own and then took the King's Palace tour. It was absolutely beautiful and we had a great time. Be sure to take a jacket. 56 degrees year round down there!

Beautiful hike on the natural entrance trail into the caverns. The caverns themselves were amazing to see!

hiking
11 months ago

This was a nice, mostly paved hike. The temperature inside the cave was approximately 55 degrees. The cave is approximately 700 feet below the service...some areas may be a challenge on your knees, if you have problems with your knees. There are elevators that you can take down and up from the bottom of the cave. Be prepared to wait if you use the elevator. There are several sections that the public is only allowed access to via a ranger guide. You will need to purchase these tickets months in advance. The cost is very reasonable, $6-$10 per guided hike. The “Bat Run” starts at 7pm and around 7:45 pm the bats beginning to exit the cave. I only stayed to watch for approximately 15 minutes. When I left the bat run, bats were still exciting the cave. Great hike. There are other caves in the surrounding area.

hiking
11 months ago

Cave is incredible due to the sheer size of it. Visited Saturday before Memorial Day 2019, there were at least 1,000 people there. Tons of infrastructure within the cave which was somewhat disappointing for me. I would go again just try to do it on a slower day.

Fri May 24 2019

good hike in a cave, well maintained.

hiking
Fri May 24 2019

These are the most spectacular caves I have ever seen. I am happy that I have gotten to experience their magnificence.

hiking
Thu May 23 2019

If you like caves this is a five star trail. If you aren’t overly impressed by caves in general this is a three. I give it four stars. Worth the trip and ticket cost.

Hiking the caverns 750ft under ground didn’t allow the IPHONE app GPS to get the actual miles and whole 3 mile hike that my husband and I did. We had to drive out of the park to get our stats(mileage) correct. Mine still stopped at .5 miles

hiking
Fri Mar 29 2019

I finial made it .Well worth the time to get there.

hiking
Sat Mar 23 2019

Other worldly experience! Almost feels as if you travel back in time millions of years as you witness the massive cave formations that were formed in ancient times. This hike will fill you with awe! The hike is not difficult but I find that hiking an extended steep downgrade uses muscles that regular hikes do not. Expect sore calves and if you are in decent shape challenge yourself with a natural exit hike as well!

hiking
Mon Mar 11 2019

Incredibly beautiful! Look out at the grand view before you when you get to the entrance of the Headquarters!

Mon Feb 25 2019

naturally beautiful

Sat Nov 24 2018

Awesome cave

Sat Nov 03 2018

Amazing

Fri Oct 19 2018

I entered the cave from the Natural Entrance and WOW! My mouth was slack-jawed the entire journey down. The trail is incredibly smooth so you don't ever need to worry about tripping even though it gets rather dark. The cave floor is rather crowded with people who took the elevator down but the sights were so amazing that I hardly noticed.

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