Ice Cave & Bandera Volcano
Debbie or David Reinschmidt
12000 Ice Caves Rd
Grants, NM 87020
Fundraisers We Support
- Special Olympics
- Grants Chamber of Commerce
Hours of OperationOur business hours are currently 9am - 6pm seven days a week. We update the hours on the website www.icecaves.com.
New Mexico's Land of Fire & Ice
Situated on the Continental Divide, the Ice Cave 400 yard trail guides you through twisted old-growth Juniper, Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine trees, and over an ancient lava trail to the Ice Cave. Here natural layers of ice glisten blue-green in the reflected rays of sunlight.
The Bandera Volcano 1/2 mile trail winds around the side of the volcano to view one of the best examples of a volcanic eruption in the country. The cinder cone is 800-1000 ft. deep and 1400 ft. across. The lava tube that extends from Bandera is one of the longest in North America at 17.5 miles long. The Bandera lava flow extends for 23 miles and meets the McCarty flow in Grants, New Mexico.
The old-time trading post used to be a dance hall and saloon in the early 1900s. It is now a gift store with Native American jewelry, pottery, baskets, fetishes, and many other wonderful surprises in our store. We carry rocks from all over the world.
Our museum features pottery found around the ice cave area that is 800-1200 years old. Also the family history is displayed on the opposite wall. The Candelaria family has operated the Ice Cave since 1946. David Candelaria is in the Tourism Hall of Fame for his promotion of tourism in New Mexico.
For the children, we have gem mining with gem bags and a sluice that they can sift their gem bags in and discover the wonderful treasures that appear!