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.

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.

Absolutely worth every step! Every turn revealed a scene even more beautiful than what I had just seen. Such stunning and unique views.

Easy at the beginning and moderately challenging once you get towards the peak as there is a bit of a steep climb.

Note: no cell service at the trail head but got it back at the peak.

Beautiful geology. Unlike anything else - even Bryce Canyon Utah.

The hiking is great, every turn you make is worth continuing the hike to the top. Once at the top, the view is amazing.

hiking
7 days ago

I was stalked by a gang of deer. Other than that, it was scrumptious. Didn’t care for the $20 entry.

hiking
7 days ago

Easy as beans, and pretty pretty.

I would recommend going to Bandelier over tent rocks, but still really amazing hike.

hiking
11 days ago

Excellent challenge for novice hikers and plenty of unusual scenery to keep the more experienced equally engaged. I hiked this on a weekday late afternoon in mid February and didn’t run into a single person. This trail is well marked and easy for the average hiker, but as others have stated, rough at times due to the volcanic rock (depending on which return route you take) - hiking boots are recommended.

best cave I've ever visited!

Beautiful Hike! Make sure to bring a mask and flashlight if you want to explore the cave.

walking
15 days ago

A very easy trail up to the very end.

I would take the heights warning very seriously. At the end you climb ladders pretty far up. It’s best part about the whole route though.

It’s also really cool seeing the history of the culture that used to live in the valley as well.

on Tent Rocks Trail

20 days ago

relatively easy hike. some small boulders to step into but otherwise not an onerous ordeal. not an "easy" trail due to some inclines and having to manuever over some boulders. very interesting slot canyon and cool views of Ski Santa Fe, Mt Baldy and Taos Ski area.

I do not recommend bringing dogs or young children. So much broken glass everywhere!

Great hike. You are quickly rewarded with great views early in the trek and they just keep coming. Good trail guide for stops along the way. Keep your AllTrails map active though - easy to miss the second ladder at the far end of the loop. Good for kids that are careful - steep drops mean they have to be cautious. Went in January - almost alone on the trail. Beautiful!

hiking
29 days ago

This trail is very narrow, some areas are maybe only 2 feet wide on the edge of the mountain. It's mostly very rocky, some lose rock, lots of steep areas. Not many areas to stop or have shade. Definitely not wagon or stroller friendly.

hiking
30 days ago

Great hiking trail.

great adventure.

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

Incredible hike, beautiful slot canyons, amazing view from the top on a clear day! I highly recommend going during the week when kids are in school. I went on a Thursday afternoon and came across maybe a dozen other hikers total. Round trip, including the loop trail, was about 4 miles total. I was able to hike it in just under 2 hours, stopping to take a few pictures along the way and pausing for about 15-20 minutes at the top to take in the breathtaking 360° view. FYI - dogs are not allowed ($250 fine). Take note of the hours - during wintertime, the park rangers start sending people down around 3:15-3:30 pm from the peak. It was a pretty easy hike up until you reach the peak, which was moderately difficult with a steep incline and lots of large steps. I found myself scaling some of the rocks on my hands and knees (I'm only 5'3"). The loop trail was extremely easy but offered some interesting sights and beautiful scenery. If you get the chance to go, I highly recommend doing it!!

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