Guadalupe Ridge

Whites City, New Mexico 88268

Guadalupe Ridge

Guadalupe Ridge Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 of the ridge trail on the Rattlesnake Canyon Loop and the Slaughter Canyon Loop.

Since the Guadalupe Ridge Trail is a mostly abandoned jeep road, the NPS allows mountain biking. However, mountain biking off this trail is strictly prohibited, either cross-country or on connecting trails down Rattlesnake or Slaughter canyons. Like all desert hiking, it's best to go early. Walnut Canyon is always a grand place to hike, but it's even better at first light. You're likely to see deer and other desert wildlife during the first hours of daylight."

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Trail Information

Whites City
Nearby City
2,050 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
12 hours
4,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,350 feet
Top Elevation
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Carlsbad Caverns Map, USGS Serpentine Bends, Gunsight Canyon, and Queen
Local Maps