Cave Creek Trail is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tererro, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, fishing, and horses and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length5.5 miElevation gain869 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyFishingHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingCaveForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRocky
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Alysa DeMella
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Chloe Davis
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Lori Strawbridge
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful! Not too difficult- a few short climbs. Caves were incredible.

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Ian Aebel
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Fun trail with great views

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Monica Ramirez-Arellaño
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A beautiful hike for the family! The caves were fun to see!

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Marissa Arneson
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Diana Newkirk
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Spectacular day. The bright yellow Aspen were stunning with the backdrop of dark pines.

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Leigh Oviatt
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Gorgeous fall color right now! Wonderful hike.

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Manny Delcharco
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Awesome

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Q Robinson
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Easy trail. Sweet payoff. Too many out of staters without masks.

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Douglas Paddock
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Eric Williams
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HikingGreat!

Great trail, single file only. Don’t pass the caves, they’re hard to see on the left about 3miles out. The trail continues past the caves so watch out. Sweeping views of the surrounding mountains peek through the trees. Slightly muddy in places, but passable. Zero cell coverage the entire time.

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Estelle Marsh
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Marilyn Harkins
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Tuesday 9/22/20. Fully paved road to trailhead. Set out early on this beautiful forest trail and walked in the shade for most of the outward leg. Lovely fall colors, plus a creek; 2 crossings needed, on of which had a bridge. The caves were a short diversion. Passed a number of other hikers on the way. Would recommend.

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Katie Brousseau
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What a great trail! Took the family on a Sunday and while parking was limited, the trail wasn’t too crowded. Beautiful changing leaves, moderate climbs, and fun caves at the end.

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Tony Hume
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Very pretty. Caves are gorgeous.

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Chris Dunkeson
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Really fun trail and the caves were awesome. Worth the drive to get there.

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Wilson Family
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Bear Sedillo
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Beautiful hike! The caves are truly breathtaking!

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Mike Schmitt
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Easy to follow and challenging at times - closer to 6 miles out and back. Amazing views, loved the sound of the creek. Loads of chipmunks and the caves were cool.

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David Pedersen
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Great trail. Very Narrow if a lot of people are on the trail. Caves are awesome

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Alma Dominguez
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Amanda Kiker
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Moderately difficult incline at first then it definitely mellows out. The river and streams were such a nice change of scenery. Lots of places to stop and enjoy the outdoors. The caves were great. Bring a flashlight, and the right shoes.

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Caleb VanderVeen
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Great trail, not too difficult, on the easier side of moderate. Caves are on the left at a clearing about 2.4 miles in, they were fun to explore, make sure to bring a flashlight. There was a stream crossing that you'll most likely have to get wet for so have the right shoes. There's a little path going upriver at the crossing point that you can get access to some deeper pools and waterfalls. Overall great hike, shaded, very green, caves are a unique and fun detail!

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Lacee Dackiewicz
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Nice trail, not too busy. Moderate is a pretty accurate rating for this. Steady incline at the beginning but then it mellows out. Parking is $2 so be aware of that. All we had was a $20 so it was an expensive hike for us. When we left at noon (on a Saturday) there was no more parking so go earlier to ensure you get a spot.

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Robin Tackett
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Very pretty trail. Nice views, lot of flowers and stream running. We didn't make it to the caves as we had a limited time that day. Definitely a hike we will do again and go farther. Lots to see. Would rate it as Easy for the most part, a little hill here and there but nothing too difficult for families, kids, etc. We saw quite a few families on the trail, it was more crowded than we like, but that is the way all trails seem to be this summer.

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Ann&Paul P&V
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Great! Hard to find the caves.

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