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Slaughter Canyon Cave

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Cave outside of the main park

The description for this tour really should highlight the drive and hike up to the actual cave... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2018
busystudent
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Houston, Texas
Unique, amazing, humbling.....

The Caverns must be one of the most amazing experiences on the US continent. No words, or... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2018
kathyhI6656IV
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United States
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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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  • Very good31%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“main park” (2 reviews)
“min hike” (2 reviews)
“steep hike” (2 reviews)
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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Reviewed 1 May 2018

The description for this tour really should highlight the drive and hike up to the actual cave entrance. Even if you are familiar with desert terrain, the uphill, about 1/2 mile hike in mostly full sun can be a challenge. The tour I took also...More

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

The Caverns must be one of the most amazing experiences on the US continent. No words, or pictures, can do it justice. The Big Room has to be the best of the best, but there were surprises at every term. If you can visit, you...More

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Reviewed 6 September 2017

The hike up to the cave is a steep, rocky 0.75 mile trail. You will need a hat, good shoes, water and a snack for sure. I practiced walking up steep hills for 0.5 mile before going and that was not even close to enough...More

2  Thank arkiekat2017
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Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised with the unique formations in this cave. They are nothing like the formations you see in the big room, but they are just as beautiful, if not more so. There is a genuinely creepy formation and there are awe-inspiring formations. When...More

2  Thank DavidDuane
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Reviewed 21 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...More

4  Thank Wenwood
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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...More

1  Thank SeattleBasedVagabond
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Reviewed 24 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...More

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Reviewed 25 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....More

1  Thank John-UTAZ
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Reviewed 10 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...More

1  Thank SunDaisy11
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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,...More

1  Thank Paul M
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