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El Malpais National Monument

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Address: Grants, NM
Description: National monument with spectacular scenery.

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Not one of the greatest, but worth a visit

El Malpais isn't one of the greatest National Monuments. But if You are in the area, it is definately worth a visit. The Rock Arch is easy accessible and is quite great. Sky City... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Free access to the caves and lava tubes was appreciated. The distance to area was further than we liked. With the rough condition of the dirt roads it takes an hour to get to the big tubes area in a Toyota Camry. We would not have been able to make it if the road was wet! The cave was impressive

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Huntington, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We called before we left NY to ask about hiking to the caves. We were assured Junction Cave was open, but when we got there were told it would be closed for two more weeks due to hibernating bats. We were prepared with helmets and lights so we went down the dirt road to another cave....pretty grueling hiking over the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

El Malpais isn't one of the greatest National Monuments. But if You are in the area, it is definately worth a visit. The Rock Arch is easy accessible and is quite great. Sky City in the Acoma Pueblo is nearby, and You can easily combine the two sights.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

This National Monument preserves a very large field of lava that flowed millions of years ago near Grants, New Mexico. The usual way to see is to drive the highway that goes between the base of some impressive cliffs and the lava beds. It's about a twenty mile ride south from the main Interstate 40 exit for Grants. The most... More 

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Washington State
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

There are two roads thru El Malpais National Monument- Route 53 and Route 117. If you are looking for beautiful scenery without exerting too much energy, Route 117 is the way to go. The Sandstone Bluffs and young lava is a spectacular sight to see. The Sandstone bluffs are accessed by a relatively short gravel access road that was a... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

In a prior review we were on the East side of the park with the arch and narrows area. This review is for the West side of the park specifically the lava tubes. We focused our adventure on the big tubes area. We had so much fun the first weekend with a day trip we expanded the trip the following... More 

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Payson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

If you have to head south to Hwy 60 from I-40 you might want to take the drive through the El Malpais! Be sure to stop at the La Ventana arch on the way! Consider the incredible volcanic forces that played a role in the formation of this region as evidenced by the numerous cinder cones and lava flows!

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New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

For anyone who is not a back woods and wilderness hiker, and especially not unruly children, this is not the place for you. It is very much a primitive wilderness. Take your kids to Disneyland or Knott's berry Farm. For all you who wish to be alone in Mother Nature's Realm, enjoy, with much common sense. That means good sturdy... More 

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MORENO VALLEY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This area is a little different than most National Parks (Monuments, Conservations Areas, whatever). Its a mix of the colored Sandstone Bluffs and the lava fields from several volcanoes. I spent a week in the area. Be sure and go to the Dittert Indian Ruins Site, and the Lobo Petroglyph Site. Lots of history, Ancient sites mixed with Pioneer Homestead... More 

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American Fork, Utah, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Spent one day driving through the area. Interesting area. Took a rough backcountry road that took up most of the day in our Jeep. Very rutty/ muddy. Fun. Looking forward to visiting once more to look at the arch and sandstone bluffs on the other side.

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