Crater Rim Trail

EASY 36 reviews

Crater Rim Trail is a 1.2 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.

1.2 miles
390 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

scenic driving

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.

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16 days ago

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

1 month ago

Great trail for the whole family. Views are wonderful.

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

1 month ago

1 month ago

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

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4 months ago

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!

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

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

Friday, August 12, 2016

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

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

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

easy hike with beautiful view, kids friendly as well.

Friday, July 15, 2016