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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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MORENO VALLEY
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MORENO VALLEY
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378 reviews 378 reviews
146 attraction reviews
199 helpful votes 199 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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st. louis, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We thought this would be an hour or so drive through the park, but it was so much more. Take your time an explore all the hidden gems within the park. The top of the boulders give you such a wonderful view. We saw a bunch of birds flying over head and in the cliffs. We arent sure what kind... More 

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Gallup, New Mexico
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We first went to the Dittert Site. There is no trail. My best advice is to walk northwest through a huge arroyo and then walk to the largest mountain. It you walk more than 1/2 mile, you have gone too far. We actually followed footprints. The site was interesting, but woulf have been more interesting if I knew more about... More 

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Canandaigua
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86 reviews 86 reviews
28 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

If you intend to visit this park, I suggest that you work the west, Route 53 side of the park versus the east, Route 117 side. The west side has more variety, the Calderon area, bat caves, more diverse hiking, lava tubes, sink holes, and so forth. It also allows you time to pop over to the El Morro national... More 

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San Diego, CA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Loved walking through lava tubes (off SR 53) and strolling up to the arch (off SR 117). The beauty of the sandstone bluffs was unexpected. Would like to return to explore some of the bat caves.

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Cedar Hill, Texas
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39 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We were told that El Malpais apparently means the Badlands in Spanish. Its name is because of the barren landscape primarily caused by lava. You’ll see lava fields along the route. We took a portion of old historic Route 66 from McCartys which paralleled the main artery – Highway 40. If you’ve been to the Badlands in South Dakota –... More 

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Sierra Vista, AZ
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Southwest of Grants, NM and I-40. Stop at the Northwest New Mexico (interagency) Visitor Center just off I-40, for museum exhibits and information. I started on the east side to see the Sandstone Bluffs Overlook, the ranger station, then Lava Falls and Ventana Natural Arch. There are also several hiking trails. The main visitor information center is on the northwest... More 

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Norman, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Easy hiking. Can see lava tubes, caves with bats and volcano crater all in the same hike. Can get a cave permit to go into the cave at the visitors center.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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337 reviews 337 reviews
263 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This National Monument protects an old lava flow area. There are 3 different visitor's centers. I only stopped at the one on Highway 53. I enjoyed the El Calderon trail. It is a 3 mile loop, and I saw the caves and an old Cinder Cone that is now grown in with trees. The Highway 117 side is also nice.... More 

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