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The Underground Hike In New Mexico That’s Unlike Any Other In The World

New Mexico offers boundless hiking opportunities to novice and devoted hikers alike. Trails here lead to diverse destinations like cliff dwellings and natural hot springs. However, this New Mexico hike is unique because it’s underground!

To reach Junction Cave, take Highway 53 for approximately 25 miles then look for signs to El Calderon. Turn off onto a gravel road for 0.3 miles. This leads straight to the parking lot. Continue on foot, along a well-marked, short path to the cave’s entrance.

Here is a map for when you get inside Junction Cave.

Junction Cave has closed for the winter, but this is definitely a hike worth adding to your spring bucket list.

Does the idea of a lava tube hike appeal to you? Have you been to El Malpais National Monument?

While you’re in the area, allow time to visit the Land of Fire and Ice. There aren’t many places on Earth where you can view an ice cave just a short distance from the remains of an erupted volcano.

Juliet White
Staff writer for Only In Your State and freelance writer. Juliet can be reached on Twitter @JulietWrites.