North Slaughter Canyon

Whites City, New Mexico 88268

North Slaughter Canyon

North Slaughter Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"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 it is only very lightly used. You are unlikely to see anyone else on your hike. At times close attention will be required to not lose the trail. From the parking lot, follow the signs marked “Middle Slaughter Canyon” up the bottom of the canyon. Do not take the Slaughter Canyon Cave trail.

Dogs are not allowed"

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Trail Information

Whites City
Nearby City
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3–4 hours
October through April
4,210 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,670 feet
Top Elevation
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 3225 National Parks Hwy., Carlsbad, NM 88220; (575) 785-2232
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated: Carlsbad Caverns National Park; Serpentine Bends and Grapevine Draw 7.5-minute USGS quads
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018