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“Nice Carlsbad side trip”

Slaughter Canyon Cave
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Owner description: 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.
Minnesota
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“Nice Carlsbad side trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2009

Slaughter Canyon Cave is about 20 miles from the main Carlsbad Caverns and is a nice cave tour if you have time. You will feel like you are driving to the end of the world to get to the cave, and you are. Signs are posted everywhere, so it is easy to find. There is a moderately strenuous hike up a mountain to the cave entrance. Hiking boots are good, along with lots of water. Also, use the restroom at the parking lot, as there are no facilities at the cave entrance. Only "treecilities." Plan to arrive early for the tour. Two rangers will meet you at the entrance, which is blocked off with a locked steel gate. The tour is limited to about 20 people, which is a good size. Bring your own flashlight. You may read differing accounts of what kind of flashlight to bring, but anything with good light will do. The tour itself is interesting. The cave used to be used for guano mining. There are some cool formations. Nice tour for those not wanting a full "wild cave tour" but want a little more than the crowded main Carlsbad tours. The hike to the cave and the canyon views are beautiful. If you have the time and like caves, this is a nice trip, of course, in addition to the main Carlsbad Caves.

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