IntroductionAnother town that preserves a portion of Route 66, Grants lies near one of the largest deposits of uranium in the world. Its discovery in 1950 made uranium extraction the main business in Grants. The New Mexico Museum of Mining includes a replica of a uranium mine and other exhibits on the industry. Just south of town is El Malpais National Monument and National Conservation Area, a vast site of prehistoric volcanic activity—lava beds, tubes and spatter cones. Most prominent among the natural features are the Ice Cave (with its never-melting frozen formations), inactive Bandera Volcano and La Ventana, a large natural arch. There are also some Ancestral Puebloan ruins within the conservation area. 75 mi/120 km west of Albuquerque.
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