Kilbournes Hole Loop is a 7.6 mile loop trail located near Anthony, New Mexico and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.6 miles Elevation Gain: 416 feet Route Type: Loop

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Kilboume's Hole is the remnant of a volcanic explosion crater in southern New Mexico. This crater is situated in a desert basin between the Potrillo (Po-tree-yo) Mountains to the west, the Rio Grande River to the east, and approximately 20 miles southwest of Las Cruces. Kilborne's Hole is roughly elliptical in shape measuring about 1.7 miles long by well over a mile across and hundreds of feet deep. The edge of the crater contains older basaltic lava, which was intruded by the volcanic explosion with pyroclastic ash deposits more than 100 feet high covering the basalt. Kilbourne's Hole has no classic volcanic features such as a cinder cone or dome-shaped lava structure. It is technically called a maar; which is a pit or depression caused by a volcanic explosion.

29 days ago

Your directions were so wrong and off the correct trail, we ended up in a trail that scratched both sides of my SUV very badly and ended by a cattle paddock. We then switched to Google maps to get to the trailhead. It's very disappointing after having paid for the upgraded AllTrails and ending up having to use Google to get to the correct place. Grateful to Google maps!!

no shade
30 days ago

Really loved this trail around the rim of the maar crater. Pretty easy hike. Great views. Interesting geology. Went early, but it was 90F by the my friends and I finished, so if you're going in the summer take plenty of water.

ohv/off road driving
2 months ago

Really spectacular place, comparable to meteor crater. ~30 miles of good, graded dirt roads to the rim, fine for a passenger car. Easy to get there with app or Google Maps. Road around the rim has great views and is 4wd due to deep sand. We had fun in the bottom of the crater. No trail in, need to find your own way. A 3 yo and 70 yo used the way we found on the extreme S rim

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4 months ago

Volcano exploration

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5 months ago

Probably a better place to park and camp than try to circle the rim, but a very cool place!

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

The road there is a little better than expected. That said it took over an hour to get there from las cruces. The trail is a 4 wheel drive road. Easy to follow. It would probably be a more interesting hike if you walked closer to the rim of the crater. The views are nice but not incredible.

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Sun Dec 02 2018

This is the second time that I visit this interesting place with beautiful views. Near the mile 4, where the volcanic rocks are, I walked down to the floor of the hole, very nice! Although it was a fresh windy day, I enjoyed a lot.

hiking
Fri Dec 22 2017

Have been to this area several times. Have hiked sections of the trail. 8 miles is too long for me to hike in one time. Nice interesting views.

ohv/off road driving
Fri Jun 23 2017

Hot! 114 degrees! However, still gorgeous. I have two New Englanders with me, they were sweaty but enthralled with the scenery. Just be cautious with the roads, not quite as on the map.

ohv/off road driving
Sun Mar 05 2017

Took the Jeep for a nice drive around the rim. Excellent views from all angles. Beautiful spring day

hiking
Sat Dec 17 2016

I found that once you cross the railroad track and are guided down AO19 you will end up at a private residence and land. You should follow AO17 (paralles the railroad) to the the third right. This will be AO11. It does not show up on the app site but does on the web site map. This will take you directly to the Hole.

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Mon Oct 03 2016

Kilbourne Hole is the remainder of what science call a "maar" volcano. A maar volcano is formed when an explosion occurs in presence of groundwater that comes into contact with hot lava or magma forming a relatively shallow crater. This time we had the opportunity to hike around the crater of this incredible place. To describe how to get there may be confusing, better bring a map with directions of the area. If you follow the correct dirt country roads to get there, that they are in excellent shape, you will not have trouble finding the hole. We have to mention that this time we encountered a few problems, not serious, due to the rainy season. Once there, you will walk around the rim of the crater using a well marked sandy road that will bring you back full circle. Walk close to the rim and you will not have any problem to go back where you started. Stop and take frequent looks to the hole and contemplate its beauty.

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Sat Nov 14 2015

Amazing hole! Wishing I'd had more time to go to the bottom. We hiked around the rim and enjoyed the views. The trail is very sandy and it's full of devil's claws. Be prepared to go over a barbed wire fence to complete the loop. In places, the trail disappears completely. The brush isn't terribly thick so it's easy to work your way toward the start point. Start early because it gets hot fast!

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2 months ago

recorded Kilbournes Hole Loop

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