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A Time Machine made out of Fire & Ice

Updated on October 26, 2015

Writing here at the Hub Pages has both changed and become quite competitive during these lean times. So to keep the attention of our wonderful readers and followers, one has to be rather creative in these, to say the least, interesting times. While driving down Interstate 40 in New Mexico, I accidentally bumped into an old tourist attraction from the by gone days of yesterday. So I took the short detour to what turned out to be a cool time machine of sorts from the past that was made out of both fire and ice. That's right fire and ice all in one place!

This amazing time capsule of amazing fire and ice is only located in one single place in this world. It's situated right on the Continental Divide, and has become known as the land of fire and Ice. It was a real experience to visit the Ice Cave and Bandera Volcano. The Ice Cave, and the volcanic Bandera crater are spectacular sights indeed. The trail to these two totally different sites all starts out at the old time trading post and takes you down ancient lava trails through a quiet nature's woods of Ponderosa Pine, Fir, and Juniper trees. It was recommended at the start of the hike to first go on up to see the volcano, and then proceed down to see the ice cave where you can cool off from your long journey.

You will be able to buy different types of pottery, rugs, jewelry, and other artwork from different local Indian tribes at the old time trading post. You will find both Indian arts, and many different ancient artifacts on display at this one of a kind historic trading post. A lot of these ancient artifacts which date back to around 1200 years ago were discovered in the volcanic lava at this site. At the old time trading post you will be given a map to accompany you on your hike, and a little furry tour guide walked along with us as well.

The beginning of the trail at the old time trading post

Little furry tour guide

A friendly cat that accompanies you along on your hike, but won't go down to the ice cave with you.
A friendly cat that accompanies you along on your hike, but won't go down to the ice cave with you.

The ice cave is located in an old collapsed lava tube, and the temperature never rises above 31 degrees Fahrenheit. Here you will see the beautiful natural layers of perpetual ice glisten the colors of blue and green in the reflected rays of sunlight. Over the years the ice cave was use by locals as a refrigerator to keep food fresh. I guess you could say that this ice cave was one of the world's first refrigerators.

The Ice Cave Pictures

The hiking trail that's made out of ancient lava will take you around the side of the Bandera Volcano, so that you can see some of the best examples of a volcanic eruption in all of the United States. The volcano which erupted around 10,000 years ago goes down about 800 feet in depth, and is one of the most accessible, and the best view of an erupted volcano in all of the United States. I did the best that I could when it came to taking these photographs of the ice cave, and the volcano, but it's really hard to capture all of the glory of something this big in nature. I hope you can get some idea of what the ice cave and volcano look like, and that you enjoy this hub.

The Bandera Volcano Pictures

Here's the directions to this wondrous time machine - From Interstate 40 take Highway 53 SW, 28 miles from Grants, NM.


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      Besarien 2 years ago

      Beautiful hub voted up! I had never heard of this place. I'd love to visit some day when in the neighborhood. Your photos are wonderful!

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      Those wonderful photos and the most wonderful is that the cave ... in my whole life what I've heard from him before. I think it's worth the adventure. Thank you for these pictures and this information about this wonderful place.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting. How neat is that to have them both together like that. Thank you for sharing your trip and photos.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Extremely beautiful picture of the Ice Cave, and good to know about this Time Machine. Thanks for sharing these truly amazing pictures. Much of my early life, was filled with adventure.

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Great pictures and I enjoyed your hub about fire and ice. Wish I lived near that cavern. Voted up.


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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Looks like a really cool place to visit. I'll have to stop by next time I'm out that way.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      How interesting, and what wonderful photos of the place. My family and I lived in NM for two years, and he even had relatives there. We never heard of all the wondrous places to visit except for Carlsbad Caverns, the ski resorts and Santa Fe. We lived only 40 miles from Roswell and never heard a word about aliens. So thanks for informing us of a place our family never told us about.

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      Irma Cowthern 2 years ago from Los Angeles,CA

      Your photographs are awe-inspiring. The wonders of nature never cease.

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      Sandeep Rathore 2 years ago from New Delhi

      I'd be brief: this is an interesting hub.

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks, ths, for this fascinating intro to an amazing tourist site. Never heard of it before.