Carlsbad Caverns Wilderness
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is in southeastern New Mexico, about 150 miles east of El Paso, Texas. Wilderness makes up much of the park (71 percent), excluding the eastern end, the mouth of Slaughter Canyon, and the area northwest of the Guadalupe Ridge Trail. The visitor center is reached via the 7-mile entrance road west of Whites City off U.S. Hwy. 62/180. Near the park visitor center, the Desert Scenic Loop Drive (9 miles of graded gravel) provides access to wilderness trails in Rattlesnake Canyon and Juniper Ridge, as well as to the Guadalupe Ridge Trail. The Slaughter Canyon and Yucca Mesa trails are accessed via roads south of the park. The remote and faint Ussery Trail in the southwest corner of the park is best accessed from the west through the Lincoln National Forest.