APRIL 2012 CLUB ACTIVITY
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, GRANTS, URANIUM MINING MUSEUM & ICE CAVES
by R. Jeff Jackson
Welcome All. On April 28th our club will have the outstanding pleasure of a tour trip to Grants to visit the
Uranium Mining Museum and the Ice Caves. Recall in the late 1960's and early 70's Grants was “the
uranium mining capital of the world.” The Uranium Museum takes visitors underground to get a simulated
view of mining techniques. Don’t worry, you travel the short distance underground in a comfortable elevator.
While in Grants we will have a delicious (I hope) meal at the El Cafecito Mexican restaurant where we have
a room reserved. After lunch we will travel south from Grants about 25 miles to the Ice Caves and for those
who wish a short hike to the Bandera volcano.
The tentative plan is to leave from the Jacksons’ house at 9:30 a.m., Saturday April 28th. The Jacksons are
close to Paseo and Coors (directions provided below). We will take Paseo west from Coors past the Double
Eagle airport to I-40. As much as practical we will use frontage roads and old 66 to get to Grants.
Remember to bring your camera as there are interesting sights all along the route.
We should arrive at the Mining Museum about 11 to 11:15 and have our tour completed in time for a nice
lunch (about 12:30) before heading off to the Ice Caves. We anticipate leaving the Ice Caves to be back in
Albuquerque well before dark. There will be an open trailer with us the entire time just in case of a
breakdown.
This tour is planned for the weekend after the Spring Thaw so everyone will have a chance to get their cars
checked out looking forward to the touring season. Let’s aim for a big turnout for this tour regardless if you
are driving your flathead car or just sharing the pleasure of good company.
Directions to Jackson house: From Montaño and Coors go north on Coors to Frontage Road. From Paseo
and Coors go south on Coors to Frontage Road. Frontage Road is the turn into SIPI, note there is a Ram
service station at that corner.
Turn (east) at the Ram Station and then immediate left and follow this road. River Point Health Center
should be on your right side (if it is on your left go back to the Ram Station and start again). Follow that road
it will parallel Coors to the north for a short distance then turn right (east) and go behind the River Point
Health Center past a green dinosaur and then make a right (south), to Calle de Alondra and turn left on Calle
de Alondra. Go to the second street Calle Picaflor. Jeff and Beth’s is the corner house at Calle de Alondra
and Calle Picaflor and their address is 8322 Calle Picaflor NW. If it were easy to get to the house you
wouldn’t need these detailed directions! Jackson cell phone is 505.908.7565.

On the way to Grants New Mexico for the mining museum tour

On the way to Grants New Mexico for the mining museum tour

Inside the mining museum in Grants New Mexico

Inside the mining museum in Grants New Mexico

Inside the mining museum in Grants New Mexico

Inside the mining museum in Grants New Mexico

A nice Mexico food meal at the Grants Cafe.

A nice Mexico food meal at the Grants Cafe.

Our stop at the Ice Caves south of Grants, New Mexico

Our stop at the Ice Caves south of Grants, New Mexico

The short walk from the Ice Caves to Bandara Volcano.

The short walk from the Ice Caves to Bandara Volcano.