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Great, easy trail, steep at the end but not for long. Took two hours total to go up to the peak, relax for a bit, then make our way down and around the cave loop. Only issue is the narrow trail through the slot canyon slows you down when you meet traffic.

loved taking the dog with me on this trail during the summer time. enjoyed walking through the river to get there!

hiking
2 days ago

Easy trail. Used to be harder back in my high school days =D Great place for a soak!

Did an overnight trip and camped at the lake. This was such a great experience and it was my first backpacking trip. I would recommend and will be back!

Always cool to go here , do the walk down from the bat entrance its way funner!

Gorgeous views and well marked trail. Easy for my 6 and 8 year olds to hike.

We went on the waterfall trail but it was dry. We enjoyed the views and scenery. Large logs were covering the end of the trail near the dry falls which were a fun challenge for my kids (ages 6, 8, 10, 13) to climb.

hiking
2 days ago

amazing natural formations. easy hike with amazing views at the end.

Just challenging enough, the views were awesome.
Lots of lose rocks that will roll out from under your feet. There was quite the elevation change in a short time, kept my breathing and heart rate up.

enjoyable. it can get windy up top so make sure to check the weather.

enjoy early in the morning.

wonderful fall hike. the colors are truly stunning.

first day of winter, Oct 14 big blizzard... epic hike, experienced folks only

The trail isn't too bad, but it is a bit strenuous if you are not used to thin air. Being from south Texas, we hadn't fully acclimated when we did this hike up to the lake, but we overcame it anyway. On your drive to the trail head, you'll be going through the Taos Ski Valley, up some slightly winding roads until you arrive to the lodges. Once there, you'll go up some steep, possibly muddy roads to the actual trail head. Be advised, if muddy, you may need a 4x4 or a vehicle with enough power to make it up. There are some bathrooms at the parking area; they may not be the cleanest, but at least there's the option to use them. At the very bottom, you'll be walking through some construction before you get into the forested area. Admittedly, this kind of threw us off a bit, we thought we were in the wrong section for the trail. You'll see some signs guiding the way, so fear not. There are a few sections that get a bit tricky if the rocks are slippery, but a set of hiking poles or even a walking stick go a long way. There are some tiny paths off the main trail that are softer on the feet than walking on the rocky pathways, which we used and made the journey smoother. As someone mentioned, once you start seeing some trees marked with blue paint you're about 1/3 to 3/4 of the way there. Just a short walk around a curve, up a hill with what appeared to be a quarry on your right, and you're there! It is windy, so dress accordingly so you won't be too chilled. We sat on some boulders overlooking the lake and had lunch. A cute chipmunk came up and it ate some nuts with us before it scampered off. We would have stayed longer, but it was a bit too windy. One day we hope to return and camp overnight in the summer months.

hiking
3 days ago

It’s amazing to see the rock natural formations shaped like tents. Make sure to stop by the visitor center. We did not get to complete the whole hike as it was raining and the water was gushing through the canyon. Will surely be back to complete the hike.

My mind was blown. I did lose my track for about an hour and you can get turned around fairly easily. bring plenty of water and GPS if you can. felt like you were on another planet.

Amazing hike!

hiking
3 days ago

Elic fall hike!! Did the loop. Rolling up on a black bear forging on acorns made it absolutely awesome!

Nice Trail. Flat trails. Liked the petroglyphs. Saw a chipmunk.

Just amazing and a must do if you are around Albuquerque and have some time to kill.

hiking
4 days ago

We were here in Oct., and the weather was perfect - partly sunny, light breezes and 75-80 temp at midday. We were a little short on time, so only hiked out about 1 mile and then returned. I wanted to get past all the mounds with footprints, for good pictures, and found that in spades! We returned over some dunes that weren't directly on the trail, but in the general direction of the trailhead, and that was neat to be the only ones you could see for quite aways. In the distance we hiked, it was easy to navigate. Very easy to hike barefoot, and this is preferred, especially in the looser sand of the dunes.

Nice trails different views from trees to plants to mountains

Pretty short hike average view

Easy trail took 40 mins had to pay close attention just to notice petroglyphs

Pretty easy trail some wildlife

We found this trail and Cave by accident. It was a nice surprise. Will defiantly stop by again when we’re in the area again.

Great hike with great views. Get there early or go on a less busy week. Long lines to get into the park. We waited about an hour to get in. Once you are in the foot traffic wasn’t too bad as the rangers limit the amount of people allowed in the park at one time. Took us about 3 hours to hike both trails, stopping for photos and to take in the views. Defiantly planning on returning during a less busy week.

This trail is a beautiful trail with amazing views easy, would be perfect for a family outing.

Breathtaking October hike. Needed to give dogs a boost over sheer climb about half way in.

Easy walk in the canyon, we only made it about 20 minutes in, so never saw the river. Very pretty rock formations and arroyo. October a great time of year to go. Definitely don't go hiking there if rain is on the forecast. We went on a cool day, and still we missed the shade, as this walk is very exposed. Some bouldering required as well, so not good for older folks who aren't 100% steady.

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