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El Morro – El Calderon Cinder Cone Hike
In El Malpais Region

Map File Source: DeLorme

map Hike Key: H10442
Last Updated: 03/12/2021 12:00am
Last Updated By: Marilyn Fixer
Hike Class: C (Challenging)
Hike Distance: 5.1 mi
Minimum Elevation: 7210 ft
Elevation Change: 525 ft
Total Uphill: 1090 ft
Total Downhill: 1090 ft
Avg. Grade: 17 %
Route Type: Multiple Hikes
On Trail: No
Paved or Gravel Roads: No
GPS Advised: No
Drive Distance Round Trip: 250 mi
Drive Time One-Way: 2:15
Hiking Seasons: Spring and Fall
New Mexico Game Unit: 10
Hike Status: Published


Multi-hike. See individual hike descriptions.


Multi-hike. See individual hike descriptions.

Trailhead Directions

See individual hike descriptions. Do the El Morro National Monument – Headland Trail first, then do El Calderon Cinder Cone on the way back.

Actual Hike

This is a Multiple Hike Utilizing SR 53 for access. See the individual hike descriptions: the El Morro National Monument – Headland Trail hike and the El Calderon Cinder Cone hike.


This is a multiple hike description. The distance and elevation information above is for the sum of both hikes, as is the rating. The grade has been set to the higher of the two hike grades.

Due to the travel distance and shortness of each hike, it is recommended that the referenced hikes be done as a unit. Each hike has its own unique features.

Map Filename: ElMorro-ElCalderonCinderConeMultiMap_MW.jpg

Text Author: Dick Brown
Map Author: Marilyn Warrant
Waypoints Author:
Track Author:
Maintainer: Not Assigned
Editor: Howard Carr