Bandera Volcano Site & Ice Caves - Near Grants, New Mexico
|An Outing In Northwest New Mexico
If you're into extinct volcanoes and ice caves, you might like the Bandera Volcano & Ice Caves. Located on private property, admission is steep at $12 per person.
For the fee, you are permitted to hike 0.5 miles to the Bandera Volcano site -- once a magnificent volcano that erupted approximately 10,000 years ago.
Also included is short walk to an ice cave, where the fascinating geological make-up keeps water inside the cave frozen.
It really did feel like being in a refrigerator ... quite a novelty in the summer!
Having said that, I've must say the high admission
gives this place the feeling of a tacky tourist trap, similar to many attractions in
Colorado Springs such as Seven Falls,
the fake Manitou Cliff Dwellings and the Royal Gorge. If you go, my suggestion is to keep your expectations low.
Aerial image of Bandera Volcano by New Mexico Natural History volcano page.
Photos and videos by Steve Garufi in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
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