Slaughter Canyon Cave Trail
ElevationAscent: 349' 106 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 4,563' 1,391 m
Low: 4,214' 1,284 m
GradeAvg Grade: 17% (9°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)
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“Trail leads you up the southern side of Slaughter Canyon to the entrance of Slaughter Canyon Cave.”— Christopher Bramblett
Family Friendly A short trail leading to an underground adventure!
This trail is a steep semi-developed trail that leads you up to the entrance of Slaughter Canyon Cave. The trail is accessible to anyone who would like to travel it, however, the cave is only accessible to visitors that are signed up to go on the ranger-led tour of the cave. This trail offers awesome views of Slaughter Canyon from any point along the trail. Watch out for Barbary Sheep and other wildlife while hiking the trail. In the spring, it offers a very colorful experience with cacti and wildflowers blooming.
Please visitnps.gov/cave to check park alerts and get more information on the tours offered.
Land Manager: NPS - Carlsbad Caverns National Park