This part of New Mexico had a series of volcanoes emerge as recently as 1,000 years ago. They created a chain of volcanic craters and sometimes vast fields of lava. You can see the series of volcanic mounds along the horizon.
We passed by a fenced in old homestead and decided to stop.
We didn’t visit the main part of the park since we saw similar lava beds at Craters of the Moon National Park in Idaho and Valley of Fires National Recreation Area near Carrizozo, New Mexico relatively recently and wanted to visit El Morro National Monument this afternoon.