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Great trail for beginners and located not too far from Raton. Spectacular views from the top, where you can overlook the other volcanoes in the vicinity, plus many other features. Highly recommended!

scenic driving
22 days ago

Very beautiful drive. Easy on my Xterra. The only problem I had was the cow patties everywhere and the low-life drunks who break their beer bottles all over the place and leave the boxes in the watering hole. Made me upset. Other than that, the drive was lovely.

Mid December trip with a little snow on ground at top of mountain. Gorgeous drive up the mountain. We didn't have the extra hour to walk the path down into cave so we took elevator down. Breathtaking above and below throughout the cave. Historical markers tell you about early explorers! I cant imagine being in there with only a torch or lantern! I highly recommend this amazing cavern.

off road driving
27 days ago

this place is amazing ! Were first time jeepers looking for new adventures to conquer and this is a good one! I really suggest to bring a map or look at it on ur phone because there's so many roads that lead who knows where. luckily never got stuck but still got lost even with a map , lots of rocky climbing and hills and dirt roads!

1 month ago

Sitting Bull Falls Recreation Area is OPEN EVERY DAY (unless storms threaten flash flooding).

WINTER HOURS: Oct - Mar, are 8:30 am - 5 pm, incoming gate locked 4 pm

SUMMER HOURS:Apr - Sept, are 8:30 am to 6 pm, incoming gate locked 5 pm

ENTRANCE FEE: $5 per vehicle up to 9 people, $10 per vehicle for 10 or more, FREE with any valid America the Beautiful access pass (https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm)

Check the official Lincoln National Forest website for updates or alerts. Or call the Guadalupe District rangers' office at 575-885-4181. (https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lincoln/recarea/?recid=34238)

1 month ago

1 month ago

great trail for a good 5 mile hike, up and down through the dunes. just make sure to bring lots of water it's very dry. All in all if your looking for a desert hike then this is the one for you not only in a desert but also walking through where the first atomic bomb was dropped.

1 month ago

Really fun! We did it in mid February and the weather was perfect (55 and sunny). Our dog loved it too! We're in pretty good hiking shape and it took us a little under two hours to complete (clockwise) with three doggy water breaks. Some of the markers were blown down, so we had to leap frog a few times to find the markers, but could do so safely. We didn't find it to be terribly hard, but you do have to climb up and down a few dozen dunes.

on Alkali Flat Trail

2 months ago

Take all of the warning signs seriously. Do not hike when it is really warm. Bring lots of water. Wear sunglasses. If you cant see the next marker turn back. Enjoy the experience. It is truely unique.

Simply amazing... like walking on another planet.

Elevator broken, didn't care. Nasty hail storm on the surface. Thoughtful lighting inside the cave.