Walnut Canyon Vista Trail

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico 88220

Elevation Gain50ft
Trailhead Elevation4,251ft
Elevation Min/Max4246/4263ft
Elevation Start/End4251/4251ft

Walnut Canyon Vista Trail

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 feet. The trail ends near the Walnut Canyon viewpoint.

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Best Easy Day Hikes Carlsbad Caverns and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Stewart M. Green
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"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 limestone boulders and cobbles. Small walnut trees scatter along the wash, giving the canyon its name. The Carlsbad Caverns Highway follows the canyon floor before climbing up a steep grade, locally called the Big Hill, below the trail’s overlook to a rounded plateau and the cavern." Read more

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Trail Information

Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Nearby City
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Skill Level
Carlsbad Caverns National Park (see appendix).
Local Contacts
Park map; National Geographic Carlsbad Caverns National Park Trail Map 247.
Local Maps