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Rattlesnake Canyon - Backcountry Camping

5 Reviews

About This Campground

National Park Service

High ancient sea ledges, deep rocky canyons, flowering cactus and desert wildlife - treasures above the ground in the Chihuahuan Desert. Hidden beneath the surface are more than 119 caves - formed when sulfuric acid dissolved limestone leaving behind caverns of all sizes.

Carlsbad Caverns…

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Access

  • Walk In
    Park in a lot, walk to your campsite
  • Hike In
    Hike a trail to your campsite

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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • Dispersed

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Reviews

5 Reviews of Rattlesnake Canyon - Backcountry Camping

Ratings Breakdown

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Katie P.
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2020

Beautiful hike

Wonderful hike-in, hike-out camping. There are several cleared out spots already for use, so keep an eye out! Strenuous hike out.

Crystal C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2018

FREE Backcountry Camping

When I first saw this one I was a bit hesitant because of the name itself. I, a person petrified of snakes and also familiar that names are often given for a reason, was skeptical to say the least. But I wanted to try something a bit different and check into other camping options near…

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Kelly M.
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2018

most natural camping setting in the area

definitely more of a nature experience than the other camping options I'm aware of in the area. Permits are free and can be obtained at the visitor center. There are not designated sites, you can camp anywhere that's far enough off the trail (rangers will brief you on how far you have to be). Feb…

  • visitor center where the rangers issue permits and initiate you in the ways of the park
  • walkway down to the cavern entrance
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Location

Rattlesnake Canyon - Backcountry Camping is located in New Mexico

Coordinates

32.16559747 N
104.50547767 W

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About This Campground

High ancient sea ledges, deep rocky canyons, flowering cactus and desert wildlife - treasures above the ground in the Chihuahuan Desert. Hidden beneath the surface are more than 119 caves - formed when sulfuric acid dissolved limestone leaving behind caverns of all sizes.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park offers no overnight lodging or campgrounds. Primitive camping is allowed in the backcountry only and requires a free permit which is issued at the park's visitor center when you arrive (not reservable in advance). Overnight RV parking is not permitted in the park. Seven miles (11 km) from the visitor center you will find a campground (RV/tent/cabin) and amenities in White's City.

Connection Details

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  • Good- 10+Mbps

    Campers can make calls and send texts & emails, watch an HD movie, play multiplayer games, and more.

  • Fair- 3Mbps-10Mbps

    Campers can make calls, send texts & emails, video chat, stream video, and play online games.

  • Poor- 0Mbps-3Mbps

    Campers might be able check email, send texts, and make calls.

  • Available-

    Campers have been able to connect here but we don’t know the quality of the connection.

  • Unknown-

    Connectivity is not known for this campground.

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