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


Cubero, New Mexico Map
2 months ago

Great hike. Went with the kids. They had a great time. The lava flow will eat your shoes like I eat tacos. By the way that is really fast.

3 months ago

Beautiful place, the contrast of black Lava to white Sandstone is artful... brilliant area to visit...

5 months ago

Great views. We lost the trail a bit, but it’s hard to get lost. We did not go the whole way, as it began to get hot with little shade

6 months ago

First off - Great trail BUT would not say it is dog friendly - UNLESS they’re wearing booties. Went Sunday and Kals paws (my GSD) were cut badly. She’s had trouble walking the last few days. Paws are still not completely healed. Mostly my fault and I feel terrible! Just FYI for those of you who would not realize this. We were a couple miles in before turning back. Stay safe! -K

Nice hike. Latter half of loop is not as pretty

Easy walk but not a lot going on for the majority of it. Did see a snake & fox though.

on Sandstone Bluffs Trail

8 months ago

This listing and some of the reviews seem to be referring to several different trails. The route shown here is definitely not easy. My husband and I are experienced hikers, and we lost the trail a few times. I would rate it as moderate most of the way for the routefinding needed.

However, as written, this route has grades of more than 50% near the end. That is because it is a class 3 scramble. Definitely NOT easy or even moderate, especially when two people are trying to get a 60 pound dog up the rock face. We kept checking the AllTrails app thinking we were off trail, but we were right on route.

The "no dogs" tag on AllTrails is also incorrect; the sign in the parking lot states all El Malpais trails are dog friendly (but to consider the trail surface, obviously). This trail as written was completely fine for our dog (except for the scrambling near the end); the trail literally only crosses volcanic rock twice for maybe 10 feet total. Most of the trail is sand/sandstone.

Note that there are not views of the Ventana Arch from this trail. (Though there are a couple smaller natural arches that are cool!) Overall a nice trail; just be prepared, as the route currently shown does not match the rating or description.

9 months ago

Nice hike, some slight up hill grades. Make sure that you continue up the rim trail for really nice views of the volcano bowl and surrounding countryside.

Nice easy hike. Yes a little rough trail and little up hill but pretty easy. Some unique views of caves and the volcano cone.

Recommend starting early from the Acoma side.Started from the Zuni side and regretted it.Dogs are only fine if your camping half way or only hiking part of it.Learn from my dumb mistake don’t take dogs after March and if so not all the way

11 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.

11 months 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.

11 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, January 10, 2018

nice trail, nice and long, very little elevation. ....watch them ankles......watch for cairns and wood post to guide you along.......

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Lava rocks. It’s tough but it’s a good workout.
Plan for water, hat and good hiking shoes.

Monday, November 20, 2017

The huge rock formations are other worldly in places. Its very cool.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Nice Hike! Don't let the lack of elevation change fool you! If you have never hiked on Lava rock before it can get tough in spots. Don't forget to knock out the El Calderon loop trail if you have time. just a short drive from this trailhead.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Interesting place to visit especially for the history. I visited here about 17 years ago. You don't have to do the 26 mi trek into the Mesa. You can drive to the base and walk up. Though if I had the time the 26 mi trek would have been the more authentic approach.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The caves were rad! It was cold once you got inside the caves - wear a light jacket.

Friday, November 11, 2016

loved it!

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).

on Narrows Rim Trail

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.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Awesome trail but better to be prepared with hiking shoes for walking on lava. Went summertime and its was HOT!

on Narrows Rim Trail

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Great hike, outstanding veiws.

on Narrows Rim Trail

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.

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