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 primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until October.

Length11.1 miElevation gain1,541 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park charges a $15 entrance fee per person to enter the Cavern. The hiking and backcountry permit are free.

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Richelle Moore
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Hiking

The first couple miles are through river rock but once you get up in elevation the views are gorgeous. Make sure to bring trekking poles if you have them. The trail is well marked with cairns. The trail was labeled “middle slaughter canyon” at the trail head.

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Julio Heredia
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Jim Horne
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Hiking

The first 2.5 miles goes through mostly river rock, not my favorite walking conditions. Once through that you start your ascent. It gets fairly steep, and the trail gets thin in areas. Trail is easy to follow and the views are spectacular. I hiked in about 7 miles then turned around. I saw about 6-8 javelinas near the beginning of the trail at the end of the day. I enjoyed the hike, just not a fan of the first 2.5 miles.

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Manuel Uzcategui
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Mountain biking

I wouldn't recommend this trail for Mountain Bike. it's a good trail for hiking.

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Phil Tomlinson
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Hiking

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

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Zachary Sturms
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Renae Cox
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Renae Cox
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Helen Haese
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Rod Nault
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Phillip Purpera
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Kevin Pearson
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Kris Kerby
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