Located steps away from the property are thousands
of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Unless
specifically prohibited, these lands are open to hunting in New Mexico and
feature three main types of hunting available -- upland game bird, small game,
and big game (for example, deer, antelope, and elk). Varmint (non-game) hunting
also is allowed. Learn more at http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/
El Malpais National Monument
This area of wild and wonderful land
encompasses over 350,000 acres, and offers experiences that range from scenic
drives and self-guided trails to remote wilderness exploration. This area was
established in 1987 to protect nationally significant geological,
archaeological, ecological, cultural, scenic, scientific, and wilderness
resources surrounding the Zuni-Bandera volcanic field. Here you can hike the El
Calderon Trail and back country camp to see the long sloping hills of a quiet
volcano and winding trenches that were once glowing rivers of lava. Go caving
and explore the Bat and Xenolith Caves.
This conservation area also includes
dramatic sandstone cliffs, canyons, La Ventana Natural Arch, Chain of Craters
Back Country Byway, Joe Skeen Campground, the Narrows Picnic Area, and the
Cebolla and West Malpais Wilderness Areas. There are many opportunities for
photography, hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing as well as opportunities to
see abundant wildlife: deer, elk, mountain lions, bobcats, coyote, bears,
turkeys, snakes, and lizards.
Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/elma/index.htm
Ventana Natural Arch
La Ventana, meaning “the window,” is the second largest
arch in New Mexico and has a span of 120 feet. It’s five miles east of Grants,
New Mexico and features beautiful wildflowers and a walking trail. This trail
is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is
accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
of Craters Wilderness Study Area
Located within the El Malpais National Conservation Area,
Chain of Craters is a line of more than 25 cinder cones that was the result of
magma finding a weak spot in the Earth's crust. The lower elevations are
dominated by piсon and juniper woodland giving way to forests of ponderosa pine
at higher elevations.
The Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano
Located only 23 miles from the
property is an area known as "The Land of Fire and Ice," the Ice Cave
and Bandera Volcano. Here you can walk
through the twisted old-growth Juniper, Fir, and Ponderosa Pine trees; over the
ancient lava trails; down into the cave; and into a dormant volcano.
The Ice Cave
Located in part of a collapsed lava tube, the inside of the ice cave glistens
blue-green in the reflected rays of sunlight. Here, the Ice Cave's
temperature never rises above 31º F. The natural layers of the perpetual ice
create such an atmosphere that even subspecies of algae can grow fruitful in
near freezing conditions.
The trail to the Ice Cave is nearly a quarter mile long,
and takes 20 minutes to complete. The viewing platform is located 70 steps from
the initial landing near the surface of the lava tube. The final landing is
located within the cave, with a spectacular view of the perpetual ice, and
natural cave formation. The cave is subtly lit with the outside
ambience, no lighting implements are required.
The volcano is 800 ft. deep and exploded in volcanic fury
some 10,000 years ago - very young in geologic time. It is one of the
finest examples of an erupted volcano in the country, and one of the most
The trail to the Bandera Volcano is nearly half a mile
long and takes 40 minutes to complete. The trail rises gradually from its base
to its lookout, a total 150 feet. The lookout gives clear vantage to
observe the shattering effects that shook the earth nearly 10,000 years ago,
spewing magma from within, and bursting out the southern side.
Grants is on the north end of the large lava field known
as El Malpais, meaning "the badlands", part of which is preserved as
El Malpais National Monument. To the northeast of town are the San Mateo
Mountains and Mount Taylor, at 11,301 feet (3,445 m) the highest peak in the
region. West of the city is the Continental Divide and the Zuni Mountains, an
eroded anticline with 2-billion-year-old Precambrian granites and metamorphic
rocks at its core. The region is primarily high desert country, dominated by
sandstones and lava flows.
Created in 1981 from Valencia County, Cibola County
encompasses an area of approximately 4,540 square miles and has a population of
27,213 (2010). The City of Grants is the County seat.
Cibola County sits entirely within the Colorado Plateau region
with elevations from 5,460 feet to 11,300 feet (Mount Taylor). The County
encompasses open rangeland, broken terrain, escarpments, plateaus, mesas, and
mountainous areas with the Malpais lava beds in the central region. The Continental
Divide runs roughly north to south through the western half of the County.
Precipitation varies from as little as seven (7) inches to twenty-five (25)
inches in the mountainous areas east of Mount Taylor.
Economic activity derives from tourism (national forest
areas, wilderness areas), entertainment and lodging (casinos, various events
such as the Seven Trails of Gold, Octoberfest, etc.), mining activity,
agriculture, and the service sector (retail and healthcare are major
employers). Interstate 40 runs through the county along with U.S. Route 66,
BNSF provides rail transport, and the Grants Milan Airport offers regional
Land Ownership is characterized by the amount of land
owned or controlled by the Pueblos (Acoma, Laguna, and Zuni), the Ramah and
To’hajiilee Navajo Chapters, the federal government, State of New Mexico, and
private land (less than one-third of the land area of Cibola County).
Most of the County is rural in nature with only two major
urban centers, Grants and Milan, together with a number of smaller designated
places such as San Rafael, Bluewater Village, Fence Lake, Cubero, and San