carlsbad caverns Trails

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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 Wilderness Area Trails :: Whites City, NM

Of the thousands of visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park each year, only a handful come for what is above ground rather than beneath it. And admittedly, the underground wonders of the great cave, with constant and pleasant temperatures, an elev

Carlsbad Caverns National Park :: Carlsbad, NM

Although Carlsbad Caverns does not quite have the same extensive network of passageways and sub-caverns found in Mammoth Cave, it is justly noted for its enormous chambers and unusual beauty. You enter the caverns through a massive archway that rea

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

North Slaughter Canyon :: Whites City, NM

A day hike into one of the deep, rugged desert canyons of the Carlsbad Caverns Wilderness.

Yucca Canyon :: Whites City, NM

This is a moderate day hike or overnight trip into the Carlsbad Caverns Wilderness with views of rugged Slaughter Canyon. The Guadalupe Mountains form a very steep escarpment on the east flank that rises steadily to the south, reaching the highest p

Natural Entrance Trail :: Carlsbad, TX

The Natural Entrance Trail, a 1.25- mile self- guided trail, descends over 750 feet from Carlsbad Caverns’ wide natural entrance to two elevators that whisk you back to the surface inside the visitor center. This self-guided trail is a great intr

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail :: Carlsbad, TX

The self- guided trail explores the biodiversity of the Chihuahuan Desert at Carlsbad Caverns National Park with interpretive signs that identify desert plants, animals, and native cultures. The trail can be hiked in either direction, but the signs a

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

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

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

Lehman Cave :: Baker, NV

An easy walk through Lehman Cave. Though small compared to famous caves such as Carlsbad Caverns, Lehman Cave is highly decorated with natural cave formations and is well worth a visit. To protect the cave’s resources, park rangers lead guided walks

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

Florida Caverns Tour :: Marianna, FL

Much of Northwest and North Florida is honeycombed with limestone caves, but most remain flooded because of the state’s high water table. The multitude of dry caverns in this park are an unusual exception. A remarkable variety of formations decorat

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

Walnut Canyon Vista Trail :: Carlsbad, TX

The Walnut Canyon Vista Trail is a short hike through a typical Chihuahuan desert ecosystem to a viewpoint above Walnut Canyon, a twisting canyon that drains southeast to Whites City. Walnut Canyon is floored by a dry wash filled with rounded limesto

Juniper Ridge Trail :: Carlsbad, TX

The Juniper Ridge Trail is a 0.9- mile singletrack trail up gentle slopes to the northern boundary fence of Carlsbad Caverns National Park on top of broad Juniper Ridge. The 1.8-mile round-trip hike, gaining 500 feet of elevation from the trailhe

Lovington - Hobbes - Artesia - Carlsbad Area Campgrounds :: Carlsbad, NM

With the exception of Carlsbad, these communities have little to attract visitors. Those who do come through are often surprised by what they find. The people are friendly and the food is good. As for Carlsbad, the Carlsbad Caverns National Park is t

Santa Rosa Area Campgrounds :: Santa Rosa, NM

Santa Rosa specializes in two things: respite for the weary traveler and cool, clear waters for recreation and thrill seekers. As a stopover along historic U.S. Route 66, the town has its share of retro-design motels and roadside cafes. Sandwiched be

Big Room Trail :: Carlsbad, TX

The Big Room Trail, a 1.25- mile self- guided trail, is the best and most popular way to discover the subterranean wonders of Carlsbad Caverns, the fifth largest cave in the United States. The trailhead is at the underground rest area, which is easil

Old Guano Road Trail :: Carlsbad, TX

The Old Guano Road Trail descends 710 feet in 3.7 miles from the Natural Entrance of Carlsbad Caverns to a trailhead on the west side of a private campground in Whites City. The easy trail, following an historic roadway, is best hiked from the west t

Lehman Cave :: Baker, NV

An easy, ranger-guided walk through Lehman Cave in Great Basin National Park, one of the most highly decorated caves of its size in the world. Lehman Cave, though small compared with famous caves such as Carlsbad Caverns, is highly decorated with c