Bandera Crater - Ice Caves

EASY 6 reviews

Bandera Crater - Ice Caves is a 1.9 mile out and back trail located near Cubero, NM and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

1.9 miles 232 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

Ice caves, views into extinct volcano crater The trail takes off from the quaint Ice Caves Trading Post which houses many Native American artifacts found in the area dating back 1200 years. There are actually 2 trails leaving from the Trading Post. The trail to the ice caves is relatively short and takes roughly 20 minutes round trip. You will hike down to the mouth of the cave and look in from an observation platform. The cave itself never gets about 31 degrees year round. From the Trading Post another trail takes you up to look into the Bandera volcano crater. The trail is wide and easy although once you begin going up it doesn't stop until you're at the crater lookout. It is a rewarding hike 1/2 mile each way which has incredible views into the crater, collapsed lava tubes and other cinder cones off in the distant. Although the trails are short and somewhat pricey for admission it is still a great hike for the family and why not buy some cool trinkets at the Trading Post?

27 days ago

fyi - closed on veterans day

hiking
1 month ago

loved the ice caves, view from crater was pretty nice. Easy Trail

5 months ago

Fun hike. Easy hike. I took my whole family. There are two trails. One trail winds around the volcano and the other takes you down to the ice cave. Pretty informative and fun for kids. It does require a 10$ fee.

hiking
3 years ago

An enjoyable and scenic hike to the crater with nice views all along the trail, ending in a good view at the entire crater of the extinct volcano. I was amazed by the ice caves which remain frozen year round due to the insulating qualities of the lava tubes in which they are formed.

walking
3 years ago

Pretty informative information located throughout the trail to the Ice Cave. A short easy walk. The volcano is an easy hike. Beautiful scenery and weird at the same time.lol Requires a fee and it was $10 per person when I went.

hiking
3 years ago

Easy walk. About 20 up to the rim. Well maintained. Free parking but you have to pay for trails.