El Malpais to Cibola National Forest (Road/Gravel)

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Take the scenic route from Grants towards the infamous Bandera Ice Cave. This ride is 50/50 paved and hardpack dirt road. There is potential for up to three distance options. All paved, paved to hard pack, or paved to gravel. The last option being the longest of the three.

Travel south on NM 53 until reaching the Zuni Acoma Trailhead at El Malpais National Monument. Riders may turn back for an all road option.

Feel like going on? Turn right onto Bonita Canyon Rd (FS 447) which is primarily hard packed dirt, and continue until reaching Zuni Canyon Rd (County Road 49). Turn right and continue back to Grants.

Alternatively, riders may continue beyond the Zuni Acoma trailhead towards Bandera Crater (The Ice Cave). Turn right onto Zuni Canyon Rd and continue on this route back to Grants.