Rattlesnake Canyon

Whites City, New Mexico 88268

Rattlesnake Canyon

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"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 soak in the true essence of the Chihuahuan Desert and the rugged individuality of its plants and animals.

If you plan to take a cave route, consider getting up early and hike Rattlesnake Canyon when the temperature is lower and the wildlife is out in force. Then, visit the cave in the afternoon."

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100 Hikes in New Mexico (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Martin
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"The overwhelming majority of the Chihuahuan Desert lies south of the international border in Mexico, but arms of the desert reach up the Rio Grande and Pecos River valleys to embrace a portion of New Mexico. While monotypic stands of creosote bush cover the vast majority of this desert’s area, it is the thick-leaved succulents that are its defining species. Make sure to carry plenty of water."

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Trail Information

Whites City
Nearby City
440 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 hours
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Carlsbad Caverns Map and USGS Serpentine Bends
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