Crater Rim Trail

EASY 14 reviews

Crater Rim Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Capulin, NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

1.2 miles 403 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Capulin Volcano is relatively uncrowded and quiet October through March. Visitation is lowest in January and February. Visitation is highest from April through September. July is the busiest month at the park, with approximately 15,000 visitors. Summer weekends tend to be busier than mid-week and heavy visitation can necessitate traffic control which may result in delays in visiting the volcano rim. Capulin Volcano National Monument is the cinder cone of an extinct volcano. It is located New Mexico Highway 325, 3 miles north of Capulin, 33 miles East of interstate 25 at Raton. At the top of the cone are a parking lot, restrooms, and two trails. One trail circles the rim while the other descends into the crater. The rim trail offers spectacular views of the surrounding volcanic landscape. You will see Sierra Grande, the largest shield volcano in the area, as well as some smaller cinder cones, pressure ridges, and lava flows.

3 months ago

dogs are not allowed on trails at this park. Ranger cited, danger, hot pavement and wild life. disappointed.

walking
4 months ago

Paved trail, great views in the evening, the climb will get your blood pumping. Worth doing.

4 months ago

easy hike with beautiful view, kids friendly as well.

hiking
4 months ago

trail running
5 months ago

Beautiful trail with gorgeous views of New Mexico! Passing from Colorado to Texas and saw it off the highway. Had to do it. Amazing - definitely memorable. Great leg stretch and the 1.2 miles is accurate.

hiking
1 year ago

Quite a gain in elevation but the views are worth the trek. From the top you can see for miles. Great stop if you are on a long road trip and want to stretch your legs or get the kids out of the car for a while. Monument entrance is just a couple of miles off of the main road making it a convenient stop. Plenty of picnic areas available

walking
1 year ago

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hiking
2 years ago

Easy hike, paved trail, though not wheelchair accessible. great view of surrounding area from all around the trail. Do when passing through, but not a destination.

hiking
2 years ago

Great easy Hike around the crater and down into the Caldera, views of New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas from the summit on a very clear day

walking
3 years ago

The monument is open all year, unless closed by bad weather or a holiday, contrary to the listed open times in the description. Be careful and slow on the drive up. Great short hike and what a view. It was higher than you realize until you are on the trail looking at the landscape below. We experienced a bit of ice and snow after a November storm, but still a safe easy hike for the whole family.

hiking
3 years ago

Nice paved trail, good for anyone. The views are great from the rim, and from inside the crater. The drive is up is a bit spooky if you do not like heights.

hiking
3 years ago

Just off Highway 64 between Clayton and Raton New Mexico. Worth a stop. Nice view from the peak/rim. A must see for those interested in geology; the other now dormant volcanos and lava flows that comprise the region are clearly visible and make more sense than any map.

hiking
3 years ago

Extinct volcano in northern New Mexico. A good road circles the mountain to the top. A parking lot offers great view of the cinder cone and surrounding landscape. Trails include a trip to the bottom of the cone, and a loop around the top.

hiking
4 years ago

The hardest part of this hike is the drive up the volcano as there is no guard rail....

One at the top, the trail itself is paved. The views from the top of the rim are outstanding! There is a shorter trail that goes into the volcano. Also paved.

Due to the remoteness of the park, crowds are nonexistent.

I coupled this with a trip to the Black Mesa Preserve hike in OK.