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Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

Don't let the name scare you away from this natural wonder, a dark cave...

Don't let the name scare you away from this natural wonder, a dark cave with no electricity or modern conveniences but plenty of awesome sights including an 89-foot column, a dazzling Christmas tree-like column and a rimstone dam. Guided tours must be booked in advance.

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Fun Day, But Glad I Did Lower Cavern and Big Room First

Every cavern in Carlsbad is special and a wonder, and Slaughter is no exception. However, I would rate it third after Lower Cavern and the Big Room (no way I was going to shimmy... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
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43 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Every cavern in Carlsbad is special and a wonder, and Slaughter is no exception. However, I would rate it third after Lower Cavern and the Big Room (no way I was going to shimmy into Spider Cave!) The best parts of Slaughter for me were the hard and steep thirty minute hike up, and the last 25% of the Cavern,... More 

1 Thank Wenwood
Seattle, Washington
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99 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016

Our elementary school daughter has already been in several caves in different cities...she enjoys the cave experience. And we, her parents, love it. We took this trip to New Mexico specifically to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park. A day after going into the Natural Entrance to the Big Room, we went on the Ranger-Led tour of Slaughter Canyon Cave. Where... More 

Thank SeattleBasedVagabond
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32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Slaughter Canyon Cave is a separate cave system from Carlsbad and can only be seen on guided, small-group tours. The cave is undeveloped except for some rudimentary steps at steep spots, so the only light you have is from the headlamps on the helmets that you are given. The experience is superb. Formations in this cave are bigger than anything... More 

Thank BnB-Guest-1
Salt Lake City, Utah
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

This was the first time we have done a natural cave tour. Only light was from headlamps and this added to the excitement and mystery. It is a very strenuous hike up/back to the mouth of the cave and there are several slick spots inside. Just be careful and take it slow... I think most active people should be fine... More 

1 Thank John-UTAZ
Cleveland, Ohio
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72 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Slaughter Canyon is an old mining cave which is separate from the main cavern. The Rangers we had were excellent guides and good storytellers which really provided the highlight of the trip. Total time in the cave is about 1-1/2 hours as the rest of the time is used for a safety orientation, caravan to the site and to hike... More 

1 Thank SunDaisy11
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197 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

I was only in the area for 2 days and was very lucky that this tour ran on one of them. I had to reserve a ticket online months prior to my trip as the group size is very limited. The tour started at 8.30am, and you're asked to arrive 30 minutes beforehand. Once you've handed your ticket in, you... More 

1 Thank Paul M
Corrales, New Mexico
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21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

This was truly an "INCREDIBLE" guided tour. The best one in the park, "IF" you are looking to do something more spectacular than King's Palace, or Left Hand Tunnel. I have not done Lower Cave (although wanted to) because the timing didn't fit. See my other review for Left Hand Tunnel. Slaughter Canyon Cave starts with a relatively (moderately) difficult... More 

3 Thank David E
Overland Park, Kansas
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90 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015 via mobile

This cave is located about 25 minutes away from the official Carlsbad cavern. You meet your ranger, receive the necessary equipment (bring 3 double aa batteries) and then caravan to the parking lot below the cave. It is a 45 min hike up to the mouth of the cave. It was a cool windy day for us otherwise I suspect... More 

1 Thank luckyr7063
Arlington, Texas
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168 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2015 via mobile

Went in late spring, it was a very hard hike up with no shade. Inside cave and going back down were fine. I'm glad we did it. 14 yr old ran up the mountain, but it was harder on me than I expected. Bring several liters of water per person. Very different than big cave and very worth it. No... More 

3 Thank Christopher D
Fort Worth, Texas
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285 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2015

Great experience. Actually, every one of the wild cave tours we've taken have been amazing. We recommend them all. This one has a fairly steep-graded hike to the entrance. Tour is listed as 5.5 hours, but a large part of that is orientation, driving to the trailhead and hiking. Still, the time in the cave is over two hours and... More 

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