Narrows Rim Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews

Narrows Rim Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cubero, 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.6 miles
488 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips



wild flowers


4 months ago

The is a nice trail with pretty views, though it does get monotonous. The trail isn't always clear, but the route is well-marked with cairns. It ends with a view of La Ventana, which is a great place to rest and have a snack before heading back. It was an enjoyable hike in the winter, though I imagine it gets very hot in the summer due to the lack of shade.

4 months ago

Beautiful views. Trail is not distinct at times, but hikers have created small cairns to lead the way. Small patches of snow in the shade. Trail surface varies between very soft sand and rocky.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

i've hiked this trail many times and always enjoy it. as stated, it is a vista lovers trail, and i count myself among those. the trail itself is easy to follow but does vary from sandy to rocky and uneven, i've noticed my normal pace is much slower on this trail than others, mostly because of the uneven surface (and lots of photo-ops).

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Great hike! I was glad to have my hiking stick along with me though. Several places with ankle twisting rocks along the path.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Just beautiful! My 2 boys (8 and 10) enjoyed the easy hike. Wonderful views!

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

If you love vistas, this hike is for you. Recommend hiking boots or shoes as you will be hiking on rocky terrain. Easy trail to follow with many rock cairns. Almost complete exposure to the sun the entire hike.

Friday, August 14, 2015

This is one of my favorite trails particularly in fall and winter. This trail follows the mesa's edge in El Malpais. The trail is easy to follow with sandy footing in some places. What makes this trail stunning are the views to the west over the black lava flows. Then, as the trail continues and turns east you will be treated to a view down overlooking La Ventana. it's a great spot for lunch or a snack before you make your way back down to the parking lot at the trail head.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Great hike, outstanding veiws.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Nice out and back trail with a moderate ascent and then rim views over the lava flow.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Great views of La Ventana Arch once you get all the way out. Nice day hike!

mountain biking
Sunday, January 01, 2012

This trail is like hiking on the moon or in the Jurassic period you almost expect a dinosaur to poke its head over the top of some of the lava formations. Elevation gain is not so bad on foot a little harder on a mountain bike. This one of my favorite trails to hit when raveling between NM and AZ.

Friday, September 03, 2010

This trail takes you along the sandstone bluffs and the lava fields (hence the name the narrows). This lightly used trail offers its travelers many sights. Be sure to have your dog on a leash as there are many sheer cliffs that appear without warning.

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