Explore the most popular cave trails in New Mexico with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

10 hours ago

Our favorite hike of all time (so far).... this trail had it all, steep mountain hike with awesome views, long narrow slot canyon, boulder climbs and unusual rock formations...this trail is a must!

19 hours ago

we just love it love it, Highly recommended, beautiful place, different views

1 day ago

Fun trail, loved the beautiful views.

Really great hike! Get there early to for fewer people. Would definitely hike again!

Awesome hike! Great scenery! Get there early, as it gets quite crowded anytime after 11am, slot canyons are difficult to maneuver with other people on trail. Take a camera!
Wear good shoes, saw some guy doing this hike in flip flops, not good.

Took the fam and we all really enjoyed the hike.

6 days ago

We headed out on the trail early which allowed for ample photo ops while hiking through the canyon and up to the scenic overlook.

Descending was very crowded as there were so many people in the narrow canyon.

Definitely a must do hike as the views were spectacular.

7 days ago

Our favorite hike yet, this one had it all. Mountain climb, slot canyon and amazing rock formations. Would probably rate this one on the harder side of moderate though due to the steep boulder climbs at the end.

fun hike! requires some climbing over rocks and a mild steep hike in some areas but take your time and enjoy the scenery!

10 days ago

Lovely hike. The trail is narrow but easy to follow. There are portions at he beginning that have a lot of loose rock so you do have to watch your footing carefully, especially on the way back when it’s downhill. There are no trail markers but they aren’t really necessary, just would be helpful at the fork where you have to bear right to get to the cave area. There are some great views along this hike, with cool rock formations and rock/desert canyon areas. We would definitely do this again and recommend to others.

10 days ago

Amazing landscape. Beautiful views. one of a kind experience!

Just be aware that the rangers will usher everyone off the mountain at 3:30 sharp and the park closes at 5, so plan accordingly.

Found this trail by accident and loved it! Someone told me you can go 1/2 mile into the cave.

10 days ago

Steep in some sections but very well marked for such a lightly traveled trail.
Starts off with lots of cliff faces and river beds. Closer to the cave there are several large slick rock formations to climb.

Amazing spot to catch a view of what feels like the center of the world. A birders delight, we arrived around 11 yesterday and the crowd wasn’t bad at all. Easy enough for all skill levels, I would recommend to anyone!

What an amazing area. The short slot canyon leading to the bigger "tents" is gorgeous but there were so many people it was hard to get gray pictures. This is a must-do, but do it early in the morning to avoid the crowds.

15 days ago

absolutely stunning...I could have soaked up these views for days... traveled to New Mexico to see the Tent Rocks and they did not disappoint!

19 days ago

Absolutely beautiful...loved the canyons and rock formations....relatively easy hike....went early in the morning...the sky was a beautiful blue and the air was crisp....one of my favorite hikes....

21 days ago

Favorite trail. Gorgeous views and incredible rock formations. The winding canyons in the beginning are beautiful. A little tricky towards the top especially if you are shaky with heights but really worth going to the very top. You can see for miles. Go early to avoid crowds!

Beautiful views, several caves, and lots of ancient pottery shards to see. Easier to follow loop if you go to the left when you see the loop sign. Get a guide book from main Bandelier sight if you go there first. Trail has numbered signs that follow along with book. I wouldn’t have seen all the pottery without it! Pretty quiet, only saw a few people. A little tricky in some spots to see where the trail actually is but worth it!

Amazing! We hiked in through the natural entrance and then did the full loop around the Big Room. Wish we would have had more time to do a guided tour of one of the other caves, but still well worth it.

24 days ago

Very nice trail, rocky in some sections but easy to walk. The area with the big rock formations is amazing and invite you to climb them and walk at the top. Me and my granddaughter Natalia visited it at the end of February, the day was with a little cold wind, surely the next time we will climb and walk on these rocks. It is interesting to get to the cave, but the most spectacular are the views of the mountains from that place.

A fabulous place. Check for guided tours when you get there. I checked on line and they looked sold out but was able to book one when I arrived. Walked down and took the elevator out. Walking down is highly recommended as it gives one an idea of how big it really is, how deep it is and how early explorers really encountered it. Very easy walk down. Highly recommended!!

25 days ago

Incredibly unique and enjoyable trail. Don’t give up part way through. Go all the way to the views at the end! In my top 3 trails ever!

27 days ago

After about 1.25 miles the trail gets overgrown and hard to follow. When we followed what looked like the trail and compared where we were with where the app said we were, it appeared we were off the trail so we turned around before we reached the caves.

Breathtaking views!

It's almost unreal how big this cave is. Best cave I've ever been too.

Loved it!

this trail has it all. dramatic views , caves, ancient history and diverse floral. amazing!!

Such a nice trail. I recommend buying the map in the visitors center to follow along with the numbers on the trail.

I loved this trail! It involves several ladders and wouldn't be great for those scared of heights! The view of the canyon is beautiful from the top.

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