Slaughter Canyon Cave Tour departs from the Carlsbad Caverns Visitor Center at 727 Carlsbad Caverns Hwy., 7 mi. off US 62/180, to CR 418, following signs to the cave entrance. Dramatic formations in this undeveloped cave include the 89-foot-high Monarch, the sparkling Christmas Tree column and the delicate Chinese Wall.
Note: An unpaved, half-mile trail leads from the parking area to the cave, climbing 500 feet; allow 45 minutes to make this steep and strenuous climb. Hiking boots or other sturdy shoes, two C-cell flashlights with new batteries and water are required. The 2-hour tour is limited to 25 participants.