Carlsbad Caverns Trails

To find trails in Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico select a region or trail below.

Carlsbad Caverns Highway & Scenic Loop: Whites City to Carlsbad Caverns National Park :: Whites City, NM

A 7-mile paved highway through the foothills of the Guadalupe Mountains to Carlsbad Cavern and a 9-mile gravel loop through the park backcountry. Carlsbad Cavern is world famous as one of the largest caves in the world. One chamber, the Big Room, has

Carlsbad Caverns National Park; Carlsbad Cavern :: Carlsbad, NM

Drop 750 feet underground through the bat-cave entrance of Carlsbad Cavern to see hundreds of impressive displays—stalactite-dripping nooks and crannies, massive domes, gypsum deposits, and fanciful rock formations.

Walnut Canyon Vista Trail :: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Walnut Canyon Vista Trail is a hiking trail in Eddy County, New Mexico. It is within Carlsbad Caverns National Park. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 4,251 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 50 fee

Slaughter Canyon Trail :: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Slaughter Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Eddy County, New Mexico. It is within Carlsbad Caverns National Park. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 4,218 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 24 feet.

Slaughter Canyon Cave Trail :: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Slaughter Canyon Cave Trail is a hiking trail in Eddy County, New Mexico. It is within Carlsbad Caverns National Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 4,219 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 763

Yucca Canyon :: Queen, NM

Although spectacular, Carlsbad Caverns can leave visitors eager for an escape from the crowds. One solution is to hike one of the park’s backcountry trails, such as the Yucca Canyon Trail. Few make the trip to this distant corner of the park, and hik

Guano Road Trail :: Whites City, NM

This might be the most convenient way to experience the "other" Carlsbad Caverns, the world above ground. This trail follows the ridge just south of the paved road from Whites City to the park headquarters. Even though you never get far from the high

Guadalupe Ridge :: Whites City, NM

The Guadalupe Ridge Trail is the center stage of the Carlsbad Caverns trail system. From this trail, you can see most of the park, and get a great feeling for the expansiveness and beauty of Carlsbad Caverns above the surface. You can also hike parts

Ussery Trail :: Lincoln National Forest, NM

Ussery Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Eddy County, New Mexico. It is within Guadalupe Escarpment Wilderness Study Area, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, and Lincoln National Forest. It is 7.1 miles long and begins at 4,499 feet altitude

Rattlesnake Canyon :: Whites City, NM

This is definitely one of the most scenic and accessible trails in Carlsbad Caverns. Yet, like most other surface trails in the park, you're likely to have the trail all to yourself. Rattlesnake Canyon is a large, open valley where you can quietly so

North Slaughter Canyon :: Whites City, NM

A day hike into one of the deep, rugged desert canyons of the Carlsbad Caverns Wilderness. Although this trail isn’t very long and doesn’t gain much altitude, it’s rated as moderate because much of it follows wash bottoms covered with cobbles and

Yucca Canyon :: Whites City, NM

A day hike or overnight trip into the Carlsbad Caverns Wilderness with views of rugged Slaughter Canyon. The trail follows the dry desert canyon upstream all the way to the crest of the escarpment. It climbs out of the canyon abruptly about 2 mile