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Hike up to the cave is strenuous

The hike up to the cave is a steep, rocky 0.75 mile trail. You will need a hat, good shoes, water... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Rogers, Arkansas
Worth the extra travel time

We were pleasantly surprised with the unique formations in this cave. They are nothing like the... read more

Reviewed 1 June 2017
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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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Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM
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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

Thank arkiekat2017
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
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
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

Thank SeattleBasedVagabond
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

Thank BnB-Guest-1
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
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
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
Reviewed 24 July 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...More

3  Thank David E
Reviewed 26 October 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...More

1  Thank luckyr7063
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