El Calderon Area

A lava trench with a slight dusting of snow.
A lava trench in El Calderon Area.

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El Calderon Area allows people to see many features that give hints about the volcanic past of El Malpais. Even a hike around a cinder cone volcano is available in this area! The typical hiking loop is 3.8 miles and is usually considered easy to moderate, but it can be made longer or shorter by using other segments of the trail or a dirt road.

At the trailhead you will find picnic tables and pit toilets, which makes it suitable for day use even if hiking is not part of your adventure.

See the caving page for information about caves in this area.

Please remember to be prepared and plan ahead.

Last updated: April 21, 2017

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