Cave Creek Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews
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Cave Creek Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Tererro, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
721 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
1 month ago

Completely different hike for Santa Fe. Lush and green with Douglas Fir instead of Ponderosa.
A beautiful creek and impressive caves.

hiking
2 months ago

Easy, relaxing hike

hiking
2 months ago

Easy out and back. The foliage is beautiful during the summer months and hiking next to the creek keeps things cool. The cave is pretty fun and not too deep for the kiddos to explore. Parking can get crazy during the weekends. Awesome!

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3 months ago

An amazing, quiet, beautiful hike! Butterflies and birds everywhere. The last part of the trail is pretty rough and steep. Watch out for the caves, they'll sneak up on you. Keep an eye out for a clearing to the west after you cross the creek, the caves are right around there.

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6 months ago

This trail was a very beautiful hike! Caves were cool to explore but be aware, they are very easy to miss. Hiked this trail in August '16 and wasn't very busy as the trail head is off the beaten path.

8 months ago

Good short trip, a bit of a drive but great for a longer trail route. Found the mini caves, on your left about 2.5 miles up. Good for trial running

9 months ago

Nice, easy hike next to a stream!

hiking
11 months ago

Nice trail to hike for something different. There are not many caves in the area. There are fish in the creek. Watch out for a bit of poison ivy along the trail. Leaves of three...let it be.

hiking
11 months ago

If you live in Santa Fe, unless you enjoy driving extended distances on narrow windy mountain roads, and unless you've already finished *everything* that Hyde Park and other local spots have to offer, there's really no good reason to bother with this trail. Or possibly if you're camping nearby. The drive was simply not worth the effort otherwise.

11 months ago

Terrific trail! Lots of flowers and butterflies. Mostly shaded and follows the creek. The caves were small but neat. We forgot our flashlights so we didn't go far in.

backpacking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Backpacked with two 7 year olds. They were thrilled to see the cave. It's about 50 feet deep and has a stream running nearby. We camped at one of the 4 dispersed sites near the cave. The camping was excellent as well. Trailhead is at Panchuela campground.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Took my 12 , 9, 7 year old kids. Beautiful wildflowers saw some orchids too. Caves were small but interesting didn't go in too far. Good intro to the Pecos without hiking far.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Great fun! Took my sons, 11 and 7, they did fine!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Absolutely beautiful with lots of wildflowers along the way. Easy hike.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Absolutely stunning. My 11 year old loved it as well.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Kids loved it but had to carry them back, a little too long for under 8.

hiking
Monday, August 29, 2016

All along this trail covered in August was lush foliage and the sporadic moss hung from it's branches. Nowhere were the screeches, and festering words, "my precious", to be heard. Upon this bewitching cut through the Santa Fe National Forest was but enchantment and the desire to abide forever within its trunks, to watch the forest age. It's cave I found thirsty and swallowing a portion of the creek in an attempt to quest it's watery depths, down into the throat I went only to find it's thirst in a darkness unfathomable.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Excellent for the family. We went in August with 3 kids, two in backpacks. the trail is not steep but still challenging and gets your heart pumping. The caves are very cool making it a great destination out and back trail. We left from trail head at Ponchuela. We would do this again in a heart beat. Be advised there is one significant creek crossing. I would expect your shoes to be wet.

hiking
Saturday, June 01, 2013

This hike was recommended by a ranger at the Pecos National Monument and did not disappoint! The hike is not strenuous and the caves are a fascinating site- Bring a flashlight if you feel like venturing into the caves. We sure wish we had one as fellow hikers told us that they explored 50 yds deep! It's also a nice cool place to take a breather before you head back to the trailhead!

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