Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano
The Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano is New Mexico's Land of Fire and Ice. The Ice Cave is located within a section of collapsed lava tube where just the right combination of physical factors create a natural phenomenon, generating new ice every year. An ancient trail has been carved through the rugged lava from the historic trading post to the cave, the same pathway people have been crossing for over a thousand years to enjoy the cool, refreshing splendor of the Ice Cave. Another scenic hike winds around the side and into the Bandera Volcano. It is a spectacular cinder cone caldera, reaching across the U.S. Continental Divide above 8,000 ft. elevation. You can walk to both natural landmarks and return in about one hour at a leisurely pace.
Head south 25 minutes on Highway 53, from Grants, to the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano.