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El Calderon Trail

El Malpais National Monument, Highway 53, 23 Miles South of Grants, Grants, NM
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For Serious Hikers Only

We had read reviews which suggested that this was an easily doable trail with interesting sites... read more

Reviewed 8 October 2017
TouringTwoTimers
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Toms River, New Jersey
Beautiful trail

We did not walk the whole trail as it was late in the day and the kids were getting tired. However... read more

Reviewed 4 July 2017
diaq
,
Palm Harbor, Florida
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“lava tube” (3 reviews)
“junction” (2 reviews)
“tubes” (4 reviews)
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El Malpais National Monument, Highway 53, 23 Miles South of Grants, Grants, NM
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

We had read reviews which suggested that this was an easily doable trail with interesting sites along the way. We strongly differ! Although we found the beginning sites (up to the Bat Cave) to be worth the effort of traversing the 7/10 mile trail, we...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2017

We did not walk the whole trail as it was late in the day and the kids were getting tired. However, they wanted to see some lava tubes so we walked to the first 3 markers. If we had enough time I would have liked...More

Thank diaq
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Reviewed 22 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

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Reviewed 2 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
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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
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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
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Reviewed 3 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
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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
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Reviewed 20 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
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Reviewed 9 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
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