Zuni-Bandera

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  • 34.8°N
  • 108°W

  • 2550 m
    8364 ft

  • 327120
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Eruptive History


Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).


Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1170 BCE ± 300 years Unknown Confirmed 0 Radiocarbon (corrected) McCartys flow
8710 BCE ± 300 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Bandera Crater

This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.

Photo Gallery


Bandera Crater in the center is part of the Zuni-Bandera lava field that covers a 2460 sq km area of central New Mexico. The lava field contains 74 vents that erupted voluminous lava flows, including the 90-km-long Fence Lake flow and the youngest flow of the lava field, the 3000-year-old McCartys lava flow. The McCartys flow traveled 60 km to the north, extending to the base of the Mount Taylor range, the peak in the distance.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1987 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.
Bandera Crater, one of the youngest features of the Zuni-Bandera lava field, is a breached cinder cone that fed a lava flow dated about 9000 BCE. The Bandera lava flow forms part of El Malpais (Spanish for "badlands"), the largely unvegetated, youngest Quaternary basaltic lava flows that cover a broad area south of Grants, New Mexico.

Photo by Lee Siebert, 1987 (Smithsonian Institution).
See title for photo information.

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database


There are no samples for Zuni-Bandera in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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