Rattlesnake Canyon Trail

Carlsbad, Texas 76934

Rattlesnake Canyon Trail

Rattlesnake Canyon Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Only skilled desert hikers will want to do the longer six- mile, round- trip hike down Rattlesnake Canyon to Carlsbad Cavern’s southern boundary and back since the rugged trail crosses a stony wash many times.

It’s best to hike the singletrack trail in the cooler months between October and April. Summer days are usually hot and sunny, with almost no shade along the trail and the hike back out of Rattlesnake Canyon is steep. If you plan hiking in summer, get an early morning start for cool temperatures."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1-3 hours
Carlsbad Caverns National Park (see appendix).
Local Contacts
USGS Quad; National Geographic Carlsbad Caverns National Park Trail Map 247; park map.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018