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The Best Hiking in Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Looking for the best hiking in Carlsbad Caverns National Park? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Carlsbad Caverns National Park. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Carlsbad Caverns National Park

  • Carlsbad, New Mexico

    North Slaughter Canyon Trail

    10.99 mi / 3143 ft gain
    North Slaughter Canyon Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Carlsbad, New Mexico.
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  • Carlsbad, New Mexico

    Slaughter Canyon Cave Trail

    0.97 mi / 663 ft gain
    Slaughter Canyon Cave Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Whites City, New Mexico.
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  • Carlsbad, New Mexico

    Rattlesnake Canyon Upper Loop

    5.95 mi / 715 ft gain
    Rattlesnake Canyon Upper Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Carlsbad, New Mexico.
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  • Carlsbad, New Mexico

    Guadalupe Ridge Trail

    33.99 mi / 5079 ft gain
    Guadalupe Ridge Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Whites City, New Mexico.
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  • Carlsbad, New Mexico

    Yucca Canyon Trail

    3.84 mi / 1427 ft gain
    Yucca Canyon Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Whites City, New Mexico.
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  • Carlsbad, New Mexico

    Climb Down into the Depths of Carlsbad Caverns

    5.0
    1.2 mi / -2000 ft gain
    The Carlsbad Caverns is an experience like no other. There is a seven mile scenic road that leads into the park, which will direct you towards the ranger station and entrance to the caves. The entrance to this road starts and ends in Whites City.You have two options to enter the cave: The first i...
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  • Carlsbad, New Mexico

    Tour the Left Hand Tunnel in the Carlsbad Caverns

    The Carlsbad Caverns have a self-guided tour sections and a handful of guided tours you have to pay extra for.  For $7 for adults and $3.50 for children, a park ranger puts on an act and even dresses the part of the late Jim White, founder of the Carlsbad Caverns, while taking you on an adventure...
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  • Carlsbad, New Mexico

    Carlsbad Caverns National Park Trail

    1.16 mi / 85 ft gain
    Carlsbad Caverns National Park Trail is a loop trail that takes you a cave located near Whites City, New Mexico.
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  • Carlsbad, New Mexico

    Sitting Bull Spring Trail

    5.3 mi / 1348 ft gain
    Sitting Bull Spring Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Whites City, New Mexico.
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  • Carlsbad, New Mexico

    Sitting Bull Falls Trail

    0.67 mi / 262 ft gain
    Sitting Bull Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Whites City, New Mexico.
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  • Carlsbad, New Mexico

    Big Canyon Trail

    3.12 mi / 233 ft gain
    Big Canyon Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Whites City, New Mexico.
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  • Culberson County, Texas

    Hike Permian Reef Trail

    9.2 mi / 2 ft gain
    Permian Reef Trail is a 9.2 mile out and back hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near Salt Flat, TX.
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  • Culberson County, Texas

    McKittrick Canyon Trail to McKittrick Ridge Campground

    5.0
    21.17 mi / 2000 ft gain
    This hike is not for the faint of heart or the out of shape. Bolstering 2000ft of elevation gain over 10 miles of rough terrain, this hike will challenge you but grant you an immense reward if you can persevere. Make sure you've packed plenty of water. There are NO backcountry water supply points...
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  • Culberson County, Texas

    McKittrick Canyon Nature Loop Trail

    0.96 mi / 157 ft gain
    McKittrick Canyon Nature Loop Trail is an approximately 1 mile loop hike with scenic views and beautiful wild flowers located near Salt Flat, TX. Dogs are not permitted on this trail. 
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  • Culberson County, Texas

    Hike Camp Wilderness Ridge Trail

    14.5 mi / 3 ft gain
    Permian Reef Trail and Camp Wilderness Ridge Trail is a 14.5 mile out and back hike hike where you may see beautiful wild flowers located near Salt Flat, TX.
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  • Culberson County, Texas

    Pratt Lodge Via McKittrick Canyon Trail

    4.8 mi / 341 ft gain
    Pratt Lodge via McKittrick Canyon Trail is a 4.8 mile out and back hike that takes you by a river located near Salt Flat, TX.
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