Crater Rim Trail

EASY 52 reviews

Crater Rim Trail is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Capulin, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

1.1 miles
347 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


no dogs

Capulin Volcano is relatively uncrowded and quiet October through March. Visitation is lowest in January and February. Visitation is highest from April through September. July is the busiest month at the park, with approximately 15,000 visitors. Summer weekends tend to be busier than mid-week and heavy visitation can necessitate traffic control which may result in delays in visiting the volcano rim. Capulin Volcano National Monument is the cinder cone of an extinct volcano. It is located New Mexico Highway 325, 3 miles north of Capulin, 33 miles East of interstate 25 at Raton. At the top of the cone are a parking lot, restrooms, and two trails. One trail circles the rim while the other descends into the crater. The rim trail offers spectacular views of the surrounding volcanic landscape. You will see Sierra Grande, the largest shield volcano in the area, as well as some smaller cinder cones, pressure ridges, and lava flows.

24 days ago

Got there just after 8, the weather was nice and cool. Great views all over. Saw a deer.

1 month ago

Beautiful view, fairly easy walk, and several views of smaller craters such as Baby Capulin. Definitely recommend going with your family, and it isn't overly busy.

3 months ago

The trail is asphalt, so don't worry too much about footwear. Great views in every direction, weather permitting. It's apparently windy at the top all the time, too. Park entry fee is $15 per vehicle, so be prepared for that too.

5 months ago

Loved walking this trail, amazing sights and breathtaking views!!

9 months ago

Lovely loop to take in some views with a couple interesting informational boards. Wear decent shoes there are a few short steep inclines/declines

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Took my Granddaughter last week and walked the rim. Loved how you can see for miles and miles. And the cool clean air.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Great trail for the whole family. Views are wonderful.

Friday, July 14, 2017

See many volcanoes from the top! Don't miss this one! Worth the time to stop!!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

nice place to visit, watch out for snakes in the bottom near the rocks...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Great trail for beginners and located not too far from Raton. Spectacular views from the top, where you can overlook the other volcanoes in the vicinity, plus many other features. Highly recommended!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

dogs are not allowed on trails at this park. Ranger cited, danger, hot pavement and wild life. disappointed.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Paved trail, great views in the evening, the climb will get your blood pumping. Worth doing.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

easy hike with beautiful view, kids friendly as well.

trail running
Friday, June 24, 2016

Beautiful trail with gorgeous views of New Mexico! Passing from Colorado to Texas and saw it off the highway. Had to do it. Amazing - definitely memorable. Great leg stretch and the 1.2 miles is accurate.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Quite a gain in elevation but the views are worth the trek. From the top you can see for miles. Great stop if you are on a long road trip and want to stretch your legs or get the kids out of the car for a while. Monument entrance is just a couple of miles off of the main road making it a convenient stop. Plenty of picnic areas available

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Friday, August 01, 2014

Easy hike, paved trail, though not wheelchair accessible. great view of surrounding area from all around the trail. Do when passing through, but not a destination.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Great easy Hike around the crater and down into the Caldera, views of New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas from the summit on a very clear day

Monday, December 02, 2013

The monument is open all year, unless closed by bad weather or a holiday, contrary to the listed open times in the description. Be careful and slow on the drive up. Great short hike and what a view. It was higher than you realize until you are on the trail looking at the landscape below. We experienced a bit of ice and snow after a November storm, but still a safe easy hike for the whole family.

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Nice paved trail, good for anyone. The views are great from the rim, and from inside the crater. The drive is up is a bit spooky if you do not like heights.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Just off Highway 64 between Clayton and Raton New Mexico. Worth a stop. Nice view from the peak/rim. A must see for those interested in geology; the other now dormant volcanos and lava flows that comprise the region are clearly visible and make more sense than any map.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Extinct volcano in northern New Mexico. A good road circles the mountain to the top. A parking lot offers great view of the cinder cone and surrounding landscape. Trails include a trip to the bottom of the cone, and a loop around the top.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

The hardest part of this hike is the drive up the volcano as there is no guard rail....

One at the top, the trail itself is paved. The views from the top of the rim are outstanding! There is a shorter trail that goes into the volcano. Also paved.

Due to the remoteness of the park, crowds are nonexistent.

I coupled this with a trip to the Black Mesa Preserve hike in OK.

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