La Cueva Loop Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews

La Cueva Loop Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Las Cruces, New Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

2.9 miles
521 feet

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers

Loop hike thru Desert Valley to La Cueva Archeological site. NO PETS ALLOWED. This trail can be hiked in either direction. This descriprion is counter-clockwise. From the front of the Visitors Center head left to the Dripping Springs Trail Head. Follow the Dripping Springs Trail to the 3/4 mile point, where you will meet the junction of the Crawford Trail. Take the left fork on to the Crawford Trail. At about 1.4 miles you will meet the junction of the Fillmore Canyon Trail. You may detour right into Fillmore Canyon or continue on the main trail. At about 2.35 miles you arrive at La Cueva, the Hermit's Cave. After leaving the cave continue along the trail to return to the visitor's center.

2 months ago

took our kids hiking, they enjoyed finding all the caves.

3 months ago

3 months ago

6 months ago

Easy trail. I highly recommend you take the inner trail to the base of La Cueva and see the hermits cave. It's barely visible from the road in from the north part of the hill

Friday, May 20, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Good trip. Easy trail with some easy rock climbing near it.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Did the loop, Fillmore & Dripping Springs in one hike & unless you're pressed for time I don't see why anyone else wouldn't. As my fellow hikers said, just an easy trail walk to a neat, little cave w/ some history. There are plenty of opportunities to go rock climbing but I would suggest Hueco Tanks in TX (about an hour or so away) for serious rock climbing.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Great easy trail. Started at the visitor center and took the La Cueva trail to the Fillmore Canyon trail and the Crawford trail back to make a loop. It was about 3.5 miles. The water was flowing very well at Fillmore Canyon.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Fun hike with a cool cave

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Fairly easy loop. Good trek for kids. The cave is pretty cool. We saw a number of rabbits and lizards.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

This is a nice loop trail close to the visitors center at Dripping Springs. It doesn't appear to be much at the start but there is scenery and a cave with some history linked to it. The rock formations are accessible if you're wanting to jump off trail and do a little climbing. Fillmore Canyon entrance is on the northeast side of the loop. I hiked this in early summer and although it is slightly cooler around the Organ Needles, there is little shade so plan accordingly.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Easy hike and pretty cool cave. Somewhat creepy, though.