Cinder Cone Lava Beds Drive Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This tour, most of which is flanked by wilderness, follows Aiken Mine Road across the Cinder Cone Lava Beds. This designated national natural landmark is a volcanic landscape with dozens of vents, lava flows and more than 30 cinder cones, as well layers of volcanic rock (basalt) up to 400 feet thick. It was created by volcanic activity over millions of years, and as recently as 800 to 1,000 years ago. You also will see the vast Joshua tree forest that blankets Cima (Spanish for summit) Dome, a rounded landform that covers 75 square miles and rises 1,500 feet above the desert. It is thought to have formed when rising molten rock deep below the surface cooled, and was exposed by erosion."