El Malpais Nation Monument is a park devoted to volcanism. It's an area of cinder cone volcanos, massive lava flows and lava tube caves. One can obtain free permits to do some caving in the Monument's lava tubes. The Monument is surrounded by wilderness and conservation areas that have the best hiking and ATV trails, but there are some nice (short) hikes that can be accessed from NM State Roads 53 and 117. There's a lot of flora and fauna to see in addition to the volcanic features.
The Narrows Trail
The Narrow Trails (Narrows Rim Trail) is 6.6 miles out and back. It's dog-friendly and rated as a moderate hike, although I would rate it easy. Lots of terrific scenery and flora along the way.
El Calderon Trail
The El Calderon trailhead is located off of NM 53. This is a short but interesting hike that ends a the El Calderon volcano caldera.
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