Thing to Do

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Trail

Close up of the sotol plant.

NPS / Michael Larson

Labels along this 0.7 mile (1.1 km) nature trail loop provide information on plants found along this route. The upper section of this trail is wheelchair accessible and leadsd 0.2 mile (0.3 km) to a viewpoint with a shade shelter.
This easy hike takes about 30 minutes with an elevation gain of 100 feet (30.4m).
A varity of desert plants can be found along this trail. Mule deer occasionally graze in this area.
Pets are permitted on the paved section of this trail and must be on a leash at all times.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The trailhead is located past the visitor center at the far end of the east parking lot.
The trail is closed at dusk and night in the late spring, summer, and early fall to not disturb the bats as they emerge from Carlsbad Cavern. Check at the visitor center for more information.
Accessibility Information
The upper section of the trail is accessible for 0.2 mile (0.3 km).

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Last updated: April 10, 2021