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Acoma received the name “Sky City” by being perched atop a 70-acre sandstone mesa rising 367 feet above the valley floor. Acoma continues to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in the United States.
El Malpais (pronounced ell-mal-pie-ees) means “the badlands” in Spanish. Its volcanic features include jagged spatter cones, a lava tube cave system extending at least 17 miles, and fragile ice caves.
Situated on the Continental Divide, visitors walk over an ancient lava trail, through twisted, old juniper, fir and ponderosa pines to the Ice Cave. Another trail winds around the side of the Bandera Volcano to view one of the best examples of a volcanic eruption in the country.
Imagine the comfort and refreshment of finding water after days of dusty travel. A reliable waterhole hidden at the base of a sandstone bluff made El Morro (the headland) a popular campsite for hundreds of years. Here, Ancestral Puebloans, Spanish and American travelers carved over 2,000 signatures, dates, messages, and petroglyphs. We invite you to make El Morro a stopping point on your travels.