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El Calderon Trail

El Malpais National Monument, Highway 53, 23 Miles South of Grants, Grants, NM
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Good time despite a brief stay

Our family visited El Malpais National Monument on a recent Monday afternoon. Since we were also... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2016
GoVols79
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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An Interesting Walk

The ground was flat and an easy walk and there were some intersting sites on this area of El... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2016
Oldjack
,
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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“lava tube” (3 reviews)
“cinder cone” (2 reviews)
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El Malpais National Monument, Highway 53, 23 Miles South of Grants, Grants, NM
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Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Our family visited El Malpais National Monument on a recent Monday afternoon. Since we were also going to nearby El Morro National Monument we chose to stop at the El Calderon trail due to them being located off the same highway. The trail is located...More

Thank GoVols79
Reviewed 1 October 2016

The ground was flat and an easy walk and there were some intersting sites on this area of El papais which erupted 115,000 years ago.There is a great deal of lava activity and old basalt rock, a few caves and pretty country. Not the best...More

Thank Oldjack
Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Walk back in time on this trail to see collapsed lava tubes and its cinder cone. A nice 3.8 mile loop takes you to where rivers of lava over 115,000 years ago created the lava trenches and tubes. It's pretty exposed so bring plenty of...More

2  Thank 44dave56
Reviewed 5 March 2016

We were in the area and saw the sign for the trail. The trail is very flat except for the short climb to the scenic overlook. Very cool sites on the trail including caves, sinkholes, lava trenches, and the volcano overlook.

1  Thank Z06Traveler
Reviewed 2 August 2015

This is an easy 3.8 mile path past some interesting features including some really scary sinkholes. This is an easy hiking path that is mostly level and easy to follow.

Thank NMtraveler47042
Reviewed 21 June 2015

Entering the caves requires specific safety equipment - flashlights, helmut, gloves, appropriate clothing. No one should entercaves alone. Free cave permit available at ranger station. Cave entry requires decent into ground opening. Then work your way underground. Short hike to access any of 2 caves.

Thank EllenBread
Reviewed 19 June 2015

Interesting geology and explanations along the trail. Trail is well marked. It is fun to be in an extinct volcano.

Thank Francine C
Reviewed 8 April 2015

This is a well-maintained trail that is easy on the dogs paws-- the other trails in El Malpais are not due to the lava. But if you take your dog, you can't enter the cave- just be aware of that before you go. El Calderon...More

Thank CracklinTulip
Reviewed 19 March 2015

Wonderful visit, but very dangerous for children and anyone who has an aversion to heights- especially at the "Double Sinks". If you think this is too dangerous, then just don't do it!

Thank tellingbird
Reviewed 31 August 2014

A great trail (5 miles or so, if you are planning to go in the summer, try early or late in the day) A well signed trail, through great countryside. This area of New Mexico abounds in stunning countryside

3  Thank IanGBradford
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