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Best trails in Carlsbad

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Looking for a great trail near Carlsbad, New Mexico? AllTrails has 9 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. If you're looking for the best trails in Carlsbad Caverns National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Sitting Bull Falls Point of Interest or Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area . Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Carlsbad ranging from 1 to 14.7 miles and from 3,093 to 4,566 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Carlsbad
Top trails (9)
#1 - Ocotillo Hills Nature Trail
Living Desert Zoo & Gardens State Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 58 m
#2 - La Cueva Canyon Trail
Lincoln National Forest
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
#3 - Rattlesnake Canyon Upper Loop
Carlsbad, New Mexico
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 54 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
#4 - North Slaughter Canyon Trail
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 5 h 31 m
#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 - 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.htm The trail along the creek bed is poorly marked and infrequently used. Show more
#7 - Juniper Ridge Trail
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 1 h 5 m
#8 - Pecos Riverwalk
Lake Carlsbad Recreation Area
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
#9 - Brantley Lake
Brantley Lake State Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 28 m