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Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano, Grants

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At the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano, we offer two adventures -- the land of fire and ice. Begin at our historic trading post where you’ll discover an array of ancient artifacts and geological souvenirs. From there, you can venture off and follow the trails to explore a dormant volcano and then an ice cave where you’ll see natural layers of ice glistening in the rays of sunlight. Nothing quite compares to a day spent enjoying the intersection of nature and history.
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  • The guide that was available made all of the difference in our experience in the most positive way. The site inself was more than we could have imagined for sure. 
    The guide that was available made all of the difference in our experience in the most positive way. The site inself was more than we could have imagined for sure.  more »
  • Stopped here on our way to El Morro. So glad we did! Beautiful 1 mile loop hike through the lava field to the Bandera cinder cone volcano- was awesome! Loop continues to the Ice Cave, such an... 
    Stopped here on our way to El Morro. So glad we did! Beautiful 1 mile loop hike through the lava field to the Bandera cinder cone volcano- was awesome! Loop continues to the Ice Cave, such an...  more »
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  • Very surprising attraction a short half day trip away from Albuquerque. One pays at the lodge by the parking lot, and proceeds to hike to the volcano/ice cave. The hike itself is easy and the trail is maintained. The volcano is unique from what I've seen in other places of the world. What really sets this place apart is the ice cave. The temperature when we went was around 80f outside, but walking into the caves was quite incredible. It's not a marketing gimmick and quite interesting to see. The museum portion indoors is a bit underwhelming, but that's not the main draw. The price is 12 dollars with a discount for certain people; quite reasonable.
  • This is only 30 or so miles from Grants, NM, well worth the short, easy drive. The is a volcano you hike up to, nice wide road. Then the ice caves are really cool. I mean really cool, it stays a constant 32 degrees, all year long. Felt good after taking a hike to the volcano. Just a short hike to the caves, and lots of stairs down to the caves themselves. They also have a store/ gift shop. Good place to stop and get a ice cream cone. The owners are really nice there. They also have cabins you can rent. They are clean, rustic, and a super great price! A little jewel in the beautiful State of New Mexico!

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