Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano

A green and white building sits between large pine trees and assorted decorations.
The Trading Post at the Ice Caves and Bandera Volcano


Quick Facts
12000 Ice Caves Rd. Grants, NM 87020
Privately owned

Benches/Seating, Gifts/Souvenirs/Books, Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Information, Information - Maps Available, Parking - Auto, Parking - Bus/RV, Picnic Table, Restroom, Shelter/Cabin, Ticket Sales, Trailhead, Trash/Litter Receptacles

For a real experience in contrast, visit the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano, "The Land of Fire and Ice," right on the Continental Divide. Walk through the twisted old-growth juniper, fir, and ponderosa pine trees, over the ancient lava trails, into the core of a volcano, and down into a lava tube cave.  Inside the cave, the natural layers of ice glisten blue-green in the reflected rays of sunlight illuminating natural arctic algae. Take a walk around the Bandera Volcano and view one of the best examples of a cinder cone volcanic eruption in the country.

Because Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano are privately owned, a small fee is required for entry. The historic Trading Post offers opportunities for shopping and learning about the history of the area and the family who owns the property.

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Last updated: August 14, 2021