Rattlesnake Canyon is a 5.4 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, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Length5.4 miElevation gain682 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViewsWildflowers
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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. The trail along the creek bed is poorly marked and infrequently used. 

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David W
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Hiking

I got off trail on my way out a few times navigating the switchbacks but had no troubles an the way back. Great hike for views from the valley and the along the ridges. I would recommend

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Weiping Wang
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Jen & Tim Hoffman
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Hiking

Very strenuous beginning and end! Wonderful views!

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Katelynn Giraldo
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This trail is a hidden gem of Carlsbad Caverns NP. I’m assuming most people don’t do trails at the NP so we had the entire trail to ourselves at 11AM. Once you get to the bottom of the canyon, you’re walking on a dry river bed and it’s quite rocky. The rock towers along the river bed are essential to staying on the trail, so always be on the lookout for them. Overall, we really enjoyed this trail and the views it had to offer.

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George Orebe
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Hiking

Sensational!!!

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Mike Honcho
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Hiking

No people! Awesome! No rattlesnakes either but do wear pants/boots, bring plenty of water the first mile is the steepest and only challenging part really. Next time I’ll try The other trail

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Rick Brooks
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Hiking

As of 3-10-20 the access road is open. It is a very scenic drive. It closes 30 minutes after sunset.

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G B
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Reef Top Circle (Carlsbad caverns scenic gravel loop drive) access road is closed "for regrading". Couldn't get an opening date from the rangers at the desk. And couldn't see the closure ahead of time on their website, thank you NPS.

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Haley Maturin
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Dusan Tisma
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Steven Rushing
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Allison Gonzalez
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Kaydo Otten
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Michael Dennison
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Brittney Beres
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Candace Winkler
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Jason Cocca
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Alan Nail
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Sandy Reilly
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