Volcanos, caves, painted dessert, petrified forest – Flagstaff, United States (flagstaff caves)

December 8, 2010

A TripAdvisor™ TripWow video of a travel blog to Flagstaff, United States by TravelPod blogger Adeline. See this TripWow and more at tripwow.tripadvisor.com Volcanos, caves, painted dessert, petrified forest “Before leaving the town of Grant we get a nice breakfast in an unconventinal internet cafe… that is the cafe actually sells coffee! After breakfast we take a detour along New Mexico’s scienic Route 53 also known as “The Ancient Way”. This trail encompasses El Malpais National Monument, El Calderon trails and El Morro national monument. This region of New Mexico is rich with volcanic formations, caves, ice caverns, in all there are 29 volcano’s in a 15 mile radius. It is referred to as The Ancient Way as it was the traditional route between the Indian reservations (Pueblos of Zuni and Acoma). It was the path once followed by Coronado, the cavalry and settlers following the trail on journeys west. EL CALDERON TRAILS The El Calderon trails are 20 miles south of Grant and are an area amid two Indian reservations namely Acoma and Ramah Navjo. We did a little expoloring and walked along the gravel and dirt tracks past volcanic features to the Junction caves and double sinks, further along the trail are the Bat caves and cinder cone, but we don’t venture that far in the extreme heat. We (mainly Fergus as Ad is petrified of meeting mice or bats and God knows what else)explore the Junction caves for awhile. Ad doesn’t venture much further past the twilight zone. Junction