Ice Cave and Bandera Volcana in New MexicoTo get to Ice Cave, take New Mexico Hwy 53 south from I-40 in Grants. It's a scenic drive past the Zuni mountains, not quite to the continental divide.
The General Store is the starting point for self guided walking tours of both the Bandera Volcano and the Ice Cave. The store was built in the 1930′s for the Zuni Mountain Railroad trade. It was in operation when the logging industry was in full swing. The ancient artifacts on display were found around the lava, dating back 800 to 1200 years.
The lave flows are composed of jagged, broken basalt rock produced when the surface of a lava flow hardens around the still molten lava.
That is solid ice on the floor of the cave.
The greens and oranges you see on the lava are lichen and Alpine moss, which is very rare this far south.
The trail to the Bandera Volcano Crater is a half mile long and takes about 20 minutes to reach the view vantage point. An easy hike with some uphill climb.
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There are at least 278 days of sunshine in Cibola county. the photo below is just to show off a cloudy day. No rain just clouds. On the way home we had a fabulous view of Mt. Taylor, 11,301 feet, north of Grants.