Chain of Craters Wilderness Study Area Trails Topo Map

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As its name implies, this wilderness study area on the west side of El Malpais National Monument features a series of volcanic cinder cones, part of the larger volcanic complex here and intended to be part of the overall land-management mosaic. The craters were created during eruptions 110,000 to 200,000 years ago. Some are only a few feet high, yet others tower hundreds of feet above the ground, the tallest in the study area being 8,345-foot Cerro Lobo (“wolf hill”). Among nearby cinder cones, Cerro Alto (“high hill”) is higher at 8,512 feet, but it’s on the Ramah Navajo Indian Reservation. Other craters in the WSA chain include 8,062-foot Cerro Brillante (“bright hill”), 7,878-foot Cerro Colorado (“red hill”), 8,164-foot Cerro Piedrita (“little rock hill”), and 8,247-foot Cerro Chato (“blunt hill”). Though no designated trails are here, interesting day hikes among the craters are possible over numerous seldom-traveled dirt roads. This trail guide covers an area with no maintained trails.
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Grants, New Mexico

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