El Calderon Area

El Calderon Cinder Cone.
The El Calderon Cinder Cone against a blue sky.

NPS Photo by Rory Lindbergh

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 4.8 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: February 19, 2020

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1900 E. Santa Fe Ave.
Grants, NM 87020


(505) 876-2783
This number calls the El Malpais National Monument Visitor Center. Rangers are on staff from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM to answer calls.

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