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Address: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Conroe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 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 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 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 

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Scarborough
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 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 

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Corrales, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 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 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 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 

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Arlington, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 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 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 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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London, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2014

We absolutely loved this tour. Our tour guide was a geologist, who was very passionate, and he made the tour that much more amazing. The hike up the mountain was fine for active people, but I would not recommend it if you have any kind of health issue or if you are a smoker. We lost a few folks half... More 

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Bedford
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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