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Aden Crater Trail is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Anthony, New Mexico that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length1.9 miElevation gain187 ftRoute typeLoop
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Aden Lava Flow Wilderness Study Area is operated by the Bureau of Land Management and lies just southwest of Las Cruces, NM. It is accessed via a series of county (dirt) roads from Interstate 10. The inside of Aden Crater allows for unique views of the Southwestern landscape. Recommend higher clearance car or truck with AWD for the final drive in.

There are no public facilities nearby. Come prepared and with plenty of water.

There are several unmarked trails into Aden Crater. Follow the trail that best suits your skill level and watch your footing.

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Lindsay Kronmiller
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This is a great hidden gem. My kids loved all the lava rocks and it’s an easy hike. Hardest part is getting there. It’s the last 3 miles to the marker that are the hardest part of the drive that requires a high clearance vehicle and the plants will scratch the siding. There are places to stop and start hiking before you get to that section of the road. It’s just a longer hike. The crater itself is great. Lots of places to climb and explore.

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William Ryan
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Great Place, small 15,000 yr old shield volcano, lava all over, 100 ft deep crater inside. Easy 1 mi walk from road and around inside crater. Last several miles of dirt road need a high clearance vehicle, your vehicle will be heavily scratched by the mesquite encroaching on the road

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Eric Hamm
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Awesome place to explore! Wildlife! Plants! No humans!

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Cheyenne Romero
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Fascinating!

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Jean-Claude Linossi
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This is a very interesting area to explore. The hike is fairly easy and not too long. You can explore the crater and enjoy the surrounding views.

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Sophia Mower
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the hike was amazing

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Matt Pargett
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This area is an interesting area outside of El Paso, with lots of lava rocks. Hiking into the dome can be tricky if you leave the trail to go rock hopping. Once you're inside the dome, there's a primitive trail that circles the inside rim, and there are a few bits of desert vegetation but it's mostly just a flat rock field. If you like geology you'll find this interesting.

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Diana Hernandez Dominguez
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Gretchen Struemph
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Josh Hunt
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David Baake
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Johnny Horsley
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Chelsea Lucas
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David Baake
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Cyrille Gindreau
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