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."