Another one of those hidden gems of New Mexico is the ice cave. It is a collapsed lava tube. Due to ground temperatures and special climates in this tube, a several meter thick ice mass has built up.
The green color comes from the algae that is stuck in the ice.
After hiking down into the ice tube, we hiked back to the main house. Along the way we walked past this old carriage.
From the main house, another trail lead to a volcano crater. On the way to the crater we passed several cool things nature made.
For example this amazing structure that happened when hot lava hit cold air.
Or these tiny tiny tiny succulents that grow on volcanic soil.
At the end of the trail we arrived in the crater of the volcano. Not quite as huge as the one on Maui but still an interesting destination to hike to.
On the way back to Albuquerque, we decided to take some more stops to try out another tail. This one also included several collapsed lava tubes and showed of how thin and frail the surface in this area of New Mexico really it.
Oh look, just little old me sitting by a sink hole.