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Rattlesnake Canyon - Backcountry Camping

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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.

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  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.

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5 Reviews of Rattlesnake Canyon - Backcountry Camping

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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…

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Rattlesnake Canyon - Backcountry Camping is located in New Mexico


32.1655972 N
104.5054772 W

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