La Cueva Loop Trail

MODERATE 8 reviews

La Cueva Loop Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Las Cruces, NM that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

2.9 miles 537 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

Loop hike thru Desert Valley to La Cueva Archeological site. NO PETS ALLOWED. This trail can be hiked in either direction. This descriprion is counter-clockwise. From the front of the Visitors Center head left to the Dripping Springs Trail Head. Follow the Dripping Springs Trail to the 3/4 mile point, where you will meet the junction of the Crawford Trail. Take the left fork on to the Crawford Trail. At about 1.4 miles you will meet the junction of the Fillmore Canyon Trail. You may detour right into Fillmore Canyon or continue on the main trail. At about 2.35 miles you arrive at La Cueva, the Hermit's Cave. After leaving the cave continue along the trail to return to the visitor's center.

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Good trip. Easy trail with some easy rock climbing near it.

walking
1 year ago

Did the loop, Fillmore & Dripping Springs in one hike & unless you're pressed for time I don't see why anyone else wouldn't. As my fellow hikers said, just an easy trail walk to a neat, little cave w/ some history. There are plenty of opportunities to go rock climbing but I would suggest Hueco Tanks in TX (about an hour or so away) for serious rock climbing.

hiking
1 year ago

Great easy trail. Started at the visitor center and took the La Cueva trail to the Fillmore Canyon trail and the Crawford trail back to make a loop. It was about 3.5 miles. The water was flowing very well at Fillmore Canyon.

hiking
2 years ago

Fun hike with a cool cave

hiking
2 years ago

Fairly easy loop. Good trek for kids. The cave is pretty cool. We saw a number of rabbits and lizards.

hiking
2 years ago

This is a nice loop trail close to the visitors center at Dripping Springs. It doesn't appear to be much at the start but there is scenery and a cave with some history linked to it. The rock formations are accessible if you're wanting to jump off trail and do a little climbing. Fillmore Canyon entrance is on the northeast side of the loop. I hiked this in early summer and although it is slightly cooler around the Organ Needles, there is little shade so plan accordingly.

hiking
3 years ago

Easy hike and pretty cool cave. Somewhat creepy, though.