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Old Guano Road Trail East, NM
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Old Guano Road Trail East, NM 
Old Guano Road Trail East, NM
 
Hiking avatar Oct 12 2018
markthurman53
Hiking4.81 Miles 561 AEG
Hiking4.81 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   2.92 mph
561 ft AEG      4 Mns Break15 LBS Pack
 
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After hiking up to Guadalupe Peak I still had some time left so I finished a hike on the Old Guano Road trail in Carlsbad Cavern National Park. I did the western portion of this trail last spring but it was so windy I only did the western 1.5 miles of it. Today I would finish the eastern 2.2 miles of it. The trail starts in Whites City which is at the entrance to the park and heads up the hill to the Caverns. This trail is along the old road used by wagons mining Guano from the cavern. The road is no longer there and is now just a trail. I stayed the night in a "hotel" in Whites City.

Don't make special plans to do this trail it is nothing to write home about but then neither is whites city. Hotels are limited dining is even less and everything closes at 7. Carlsbad New Mexico is about 15 miles to the north and has lots of dining but the traffic is terrible. The one hotel in Whites City (Roadway inn is now closed) is just a step up above camping, Only $65.00 a night though. There is a bed a shower and bathroom in each room but nothing fancy. The hotels in Carlsbad are running $400.00 a night, I believe due to the recent upswing in oil production. If you are visiting the Caverns and have some spare time this trail is a good way to burn off some of the meals you didn't get in Whites City.
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