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hiking
8 hours ago

Amazing hike through the slot canyons and a great view at the top. The canyon can be narrow at times so you have to watch your footing on the way down to avoid possibly twisting an ankle. Was hard not to take a lot of photos!

Fantastic hike!

hiking
15 hours ago

Absolutely incredible trail. We had to wait a little while at the entrance as they limit the number of people on the trail. During the drive in we saw a tarantula making it's way across the road. The trail starts off easy and gradually becomes more narrow. It was very crowded, even on a Friday morning. You'll have to stop often to let people pass. The formations are amazing, as well as the trees that grow in the canyon. The rocks against the blue sky is breathtaking. Towards the end of the Slot Canyon Trail, the climb becomes tougher, there is some scrambling and actual climbing. The 360° view on top is absolutely incredible and worth the climb. Bring water, there is no shade and since it is so dry, you will need it. I highly recommend this trail!

So scenic!!! I advise sturdy hiking boots though. Saw an injury and too many people hiking in shoes that could easily cause a fall or ankle twist.

How to get your kids into hiking.

hiking
1 day ago

Slot Canyon trail was excellent. I went early (arrived around 0845) and was glad I did. 35 degrees when I started and 74 degrees by the time I finished. Some parts of the slot canyon really only allow for one way traffic so I’m glad I really only had to deal with the heavier foot traffic on my way down. A bit steep near the top, but the views are worth it! Bring hand sanitizer in case there isn’t anymore left in the bathroom at the trailhead.

Great, easy trail, steep at the end but not for long. Took two hours total to go up to the peak, relax for a bit, then make our way down and around the cave loop. Only issue is the narrow trail through the slot canyon slows you down when you meet traffic.

Did an overnight trip and camped at the lake. This was such a great experience and it was my first backpacking trip. I would recommend and will be back!

hiking
6 days ago

amazing natural formations. easy hike with amazing views at the end.

enjoy early in the morning.

hiking
7 days ago

It’s amazing to see the rock natural formations shaped like tents. Make sure to stop by the visitor center. We did not get to complete the whole hike as it was raining and the water was gushing through the canyon. Will surely be back to complete the hike.

Great hike with great views. Get there early or go on a less busy week. Long lines to get into the park. We waited about an hour to get in. Once you are in the foot traffic wasn’t too bad as the rangers limit the amount of people allowed in the park at one time. Took us about 3 hours to hike both trails, stopping for photos and to take in the views. Defiantly planning on returning during a less busy week.

This hike is definitely in my top 5 hikes in the US. Like others have posted, there are parts that reminded me of Zion. The hike is relatively short (3 miles). It took us an hour in and an hour out. The short detour to the Cave is nice, and a lot less crowded. It won't take you much longer to do both, as the Cave trail circles back around and ends up right at the parking lot. Go early!!! We we arrived right at 9:00 am. and were able to get right in. By the time we left, shortly after 11, cars were backed way up at the gate--probably a 2 hour wait in your car, as they limit traffic on the trails. The slot canyons were filling up with people, making it difficult to navigate our way down. I cannot imagine what they would have been like hours later. Also, if you have never experienced a slot canyon, don't forget to look up! Everyone always seems to forget that. Take the time to look up and back going through the slots. You will be glad you did!

Do not follow goggle maps.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful views amazing formations. A definite must.

hiking
11 days ago

I was really surprised on the canyon portion of the trail. It is so deep and narrow it reminds you of Zion. Also the hike is easy enough and short enough to do in just a couple hours, but provides so many beautiful scenes along the way, including magnificent panoramas of New Mexico and the American west from the top

backpacking
12 days ago

Be prepared for this trail. It is not moderate, it is hard for a 50-years old person who does not hike much but pretty fit. There are couple of suggestions: get acclimatized before you go; be prepared for long steep hike. There were hikers on Windsor trail up to Skyline trail, but we have not seen anybody from Baldy turnoff to lake Katherine and back (we used Skyline trail that goes east and meets Windsor trail to come back) the other day. So, be prepared if you get lost. We camped before we reached the lake and hike to the lake in the morning. On the way back, "east" Skyline trail from Katherine lake to Windsor Trail conjunction is not properly marked. There is a trail there, it is not far from Skyline trail and comes to that junction, so, do not worry if your GPS will show that you are off Skyline trail on your way back. Take a piece of paper and a pen to leave your names at the trail head, just in case you get lost and rangers look for you. The distance is not 13 miles, it is over 15 miles. It took us about 8 hours to get to camping before we reached the lake, we stopped three times for 30 min, and many times to catch our breath. No phone coverage.

very scenic. Good views of Albuquerque area. lots of scramble but not dangerous. Go slow and enjoy!

great trail definite must do.

hiking
15 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

Must see when in Santa Fe!

Trail and hike are generally good, but lots of construction along first 0.5-1 mile from parking lot. Hiked all the way up today, but wind was howling. Wind-breaker and warm hat a MUST, and you’ll want gloves too!

hiking
17 days ago

Great Trail. Make sure to bring lots of Water and remember to carry sanitizers in your car as the national park is not allowed to dig for water so in case if they run out of it in the bathrooms.

hiking
17 days ago

Great trail bring water. About 1 hr in 1 hr out if u don’t stop at the top for lunch or a break. Could be longer if u have more hikes on the trail. No shade at the top. Need a hat and sun screen of some kind. Most of the trail is easy. Some rocks I have to get a leg up on. If u have bad knees or hips. U might need some help up in a few places
but no problem. Definitely worth the hike

hiking
17 days ago

Nice trail some trails blocked off. Main trail is good
Hiked to the top of the volcano at Vulcans loop me and the dog. The last 600 yds or so could be tricky. Loose rocks and soil. Would be very tricky if it was rainy or muddy. Watch the weather. About 2.5 miles in. Bring water.

on Tent Rocks Trail

hiking
18 days ago

Amazing views of rock formations! We went mid September late morning and did find the last parking spot.

Beautiful trail!! Love the atmosphere there! Last mile is the hardest but as soon as you get to the top makes the whole struggle worth it!!! It is very windy and cold at the top so bundle up.

My favorite hike ever! It was pretty easy - I was even running through some sections.

hiking
19 days ago

Beautiful place, the contrast of black Lava to white Sandstone is artful... brilliant area to visit...

hiking
20 days ago

This trail was very unique because it begins in a slot canyon with amazing views. Keep pushing yourself to the top to see the iconic “tent” or cone shaped rocks beneath you. Breathtaking!

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