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Slaughter Canyon Cave

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Type: Caverns/ Caves
Traveler Description: This is a great tour of a cave located outside the Carlsbad Cavern’s main area.  You have to make reservations for the limited guided tour at... more »
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was the highlight of our trip to New Mexico. I was traveling with my two teenage boys and my Mom. The boys climbed up the mountain like it was nothing. We're from TX so this so yes, we considered this a mountain. It was much more challenging for my Mom who is almost 70 but she made it too... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

After a hike of about a mile in 100 degree weather, we got to the cave's entrance. The cave is very slippery. I think everybody fell in my group at one point or another. The formations and the adventure made it all worthy though. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

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Republic, Missouri
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34 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

After a moderate hike up the canyon, enter a cave with formations everywhere. The ranger lead tour takes you to several rooms with some amazing formations. Tours are limited with reservations accepted via the Carlsbad Caverns web site. Sign up early to make sure you get your desired tour. National Park Service provides a helmet and headlamp (your AA batteries... More

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Bloomfield Township, Michigan
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285 reviews 285 reviews
81 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We did not do it. I didn't feel safe. It is not for a couple like us. But we talked to some people who were able to do it and they said it was very good.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

The hike in, as others have said, is strenuous but fairly short. Definitely a hike to avoid if you're not at least in decent shape although if you're not I expect the rangers would wait for you. Everyone in our group was in good shape so we pretty much all made it to the cave entrance within 30 minutes or... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013 via mobile

This tour was great!! Make reservations at least a day in advance, we had to wait in line the day of and cross our fingers we would get on it. I'm a moderate hiker and found the hike in and out not strenuous. If you have hiking experience it should not be an issue. The biggest problem may be the... More

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I loved the tour using a flashlight and lighted helmet. The rangers were alot of fun and the experience is one of a kind. The cave is one that was used for mining 50 years ago and never was developed. Yes there is alot of damage, but the sheer numbers of formations here is amazing. Bring along a strong hand... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

A half mile hike up the side of mountain in the desert sun and heat was difficult and this old man felt his age. But the Rangers were kind, supportive and encouraging. The end result was to enter the cave which was wonderful. It is well worth the effort and I highly recommend it but ONLY if you are in... More

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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

The hike up was steep but not too bad if you're used to hiking and altitude. One woman in our group had to turn around due to altitude sickness symptoms so I'd say if you're coming from sea level, make sure you have a day or two to acclimate before doing this tour. The tour was informative and very interesting.... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

We did this tour over Labor day weekend. It only takes place friday-sunday. One of us has lots of wild caving experience & the other had no experience. If you are not in really good shape. For the very steep hike, you should stick with the tourist trips in the main cave. Once inside the cave the cave floor is... More

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