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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.