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“Tough hike to see a damaged cave”

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.
Reviewed 25 March 2014

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 so. Once inside the cave you see a lot of damage from prior bat guano mining. You basically do a big loop around the cave. Some of the rooms are quite striking (Christmas tree, Great Wall of China) and others are less so. The cave trip says it finishes at 230 although we were back to the cars by 130 (it is about 45 minutes from the main cave, however while you start the day there, the rangers will take your gloves and helmets so you don't have to drive all the way back). Overall, it was an average cave with a strenuous approach, hence the 3 star rating.

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Reviewed 10 September 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 heat depending on the time of year you visit. The cave itself is an untouched jem! What a joy to experience such beauty. Defiantly worth spending the day doing this hike if you are looking for a tour where the formations are untouched by human intervention. Bring an energy bar for an after tour snack, it's a long time without food.

1  Thank Cmac2385
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Reviewed 29 June 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 held flashlight.

Thank drkappasig
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Reviewed 28 June 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 shape for the hike up the Mountain.

Thank MrAllan54
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Reviewed 27 May 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. Definitely worth the time and money!

Thank daphm
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