Bandera Crater - Ice Caves is a 1.9 mile out and back trail located near San Rafael, New Mexico that features a cave and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.9 miles
183 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly



Ice caves, views into extinct volcano crater The trail takes off from the quaint Ice Caves Trading Post which houses many Native American artifacts found in the area dating back 1200 years. There are actually 2 trails leaving from the Trading Post. The trail to the ice caves is relatively short and takes roughly 20 minutes round trip. You will hike down to the mouth of the cave and look in from an observation platform. The cave itself never gets about 31 degrees year round. From the Trading Post another trail takes you up to look into the Bandera volcano crater. The trail is wide and easy although once you begin going up it doesn't stop until you're at the crater lookout. It is a rewarding hike 1/2 mile each way which has incredible views into the crater, collapsed lava tubes and other cinder cones off in the distant. Although the trails are short and somewhat pricey for admission it is still a great hike for the family and why not buy some cool trinkets at the Trading Post?

1 month ago

Easy hikes to the cave and volcano! Both were awesome to see.

2 months ago

The trails and scenery are beautiful and the staff are very friendly and informative.

3 months ago

Had fun seeing the cave and the volcano!! Easy hike to both and I liked the landscape going up to the volcano!

5 months ago

Nice relaxing hike. It is just amazing to go from 100 degrees to 31 degrees in just over a 20 meter drop to the Ice Cave.

10 months ago

Easy going hike to the volcano and ice cave. This was a fun little road stop!

10 months ago

Good to see once. Interesting

Saturday, November 12, 2016

fyi - closed on veterans day

Saturday, October 22, 2016

loved the ice caves, view from crater was pretty nice. Easy Trail

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Fun hike. Easy hike. I took my whole family. There are two trails. One trail winds around the volcano and the other takes you down to the ice cave. Pretty informative and fun for kids. It does require a 10$ fee.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

An enjoyable and scenic hike to the crater with nice views all along the trail, ending in a good view at the entire crater of the extinct volcano. I was amazed by the ice caves which remain frozen year round due to the insulating qualities of the lava tubes in which they are formed.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Pretty informative information located throughout the trail to the Ice Cave. A short easy walk. The volcano is an easy hike. Beautiful scenery and weird at the same Requires a fee and it was $10 per person when I went.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Easy walk. About 20 up to the rim. Well maintained. Free parking but you have to pay for trails.

4 months ago

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017