Big Tubes Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Cubero, NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
A rough but fairly level hike to and around two collapsed lava tubes. This trail takes you through an open forest containing a variety of trees such as aspen, ponderosa pine, pion and juniper. The lava tubes to which you hike are large and long (one of the longest in North America). They are unlike anything else you will see while hiking. The trail takes off from the east side of the parking lot This trail is a cairn trail. It is easy to follow, as the cairns are large and there are plenty of them.
Returned and hiked again. Entered one of the caves (permit required). El Malpais is a great area.
Must keep sight of the cairns, very uneven lava rock is the trail. Really not much harder than many rocky trails.
Easy trail. Nice to look at the flows without having to get off trail. Lava is hard on boots! Watch for mountain lions. There were a couple of sightings shortly before we arrived.