Cerro Negro Volcano Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rota, León, Nicaragua that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 770 feet Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching


wild flowers

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5 months ago

I hiked up and boarded down. So for the ascent: the trail is fine (though as it’s a circular trail make sure you start on the east edge of the circle). It is uphill the whole way. I thought the only really difficult and steep part is the short segment when you begin to ascend the side of the volcano itself and go from 540 to 640 foot elevation, as you have to find traction on small sliding volcanic rock. After that the trail is just a gradual uphill. Great view of the surrounding volcanoes

8 months ago

4 stars if hiking only, 5 stars if boarding. Went several years ago. The trail itself is fairly strenuous, but the heat is a bigger factor. The entire volcano is black pumice with no tree cover, bring water. What makes the experience unforgettable is boarding down the volcano- find a guide in León to take you, it isn't expensive. They'll provide the board and protective gear. No experience needed- it's sit-down sledding unless you specifically request otherwise. But it's sledding down an active volcano! You won't regret it!

Sat Oct 06 2018

Best and only place in the world to go volcano boarding but the hike up is quite tough lots of big loose rocks. absolutely unforgettable

Tue Aug 08 2017

Really is easy climb if you're in good physical condition. If you don't do exercise or moderate walking then it's difficult. Have done it several times, got down sliding & walking

Sat Feb 25 2017

The hike up takes about an hour and then you can either board or run down the side!

Wed May 22 2019

Tue Jul 25 2017